Finding Sanity: A Course in Buddhist Teachings for Chaotic Times (Eagle Rock)

with Shastri Joel Wachbrit & Debra Dysart

September 26th—October 17th (2017)

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  • $140.00 Program Price
  • $180.00 Patron Price
Room: EAGLE ROCK SHAMBHALA- Main Shrine Room- 963 Colorado Blvd, 90041

In this 4 week introductory course, we will explore the nature of our minds and hearts and how we relate to the world around us.


Over 2500 years ago the Buddha made a revolutionary discovery – that the fundamental nature of all beings is awake, peaceful and compassionate. And yet our lives are marked by constant turmoil and discontent – in ourselves as well as in our relationships to the world and to others. For over 50 years after his enlightenment the Buddha taught how to rediscover our inherent sanity through the direct practice of meditation and through questioning our deeply held beliefs about reality. These teachings are as fresh today as they were then.

Combining ancient teachings with our immediate experience we will explore the possibility of how to live in a genuine and sane way in these seemingly most challenging of times

Open to all. Beginners to meditation are especially welcome.




Shastri Joel Wachbrit has been a member of the Los Angeles Shambhala community and a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1989. He served as Center Co-Director and before that was Director of Buddhist Education for 7 years. Joel has been a working musician for almost forty years and for the last twenty he has composed music for TV and film. He is now returning to his childhood by playing guitar in a rock band as well as producing and playing with his songwriter wife, sangha member Jill Freeman.

Debra Dysart is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and has been interested in the Shambhala Buddhist teachings ever since she discovered Pema Chödrön’s Wisdom of No Escape in a Barnes and Nobles in 1997. (She met her husband Malcolm in that same bookstore.) Debra also teaches Shambhala Art and was a former Center Co-Director of Shambhala Los Angeles. She sings with the Verdi Chorus and serves on its board of directors.


963 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Northeast corner of Figueroa St. and Colorado Blvd. Enter parking lot on Figueroa St.



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The Shambhala Center of Los Angeles remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our community. One of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one be turned away for lack of funds. If you can’t afford a program, please call our office (323-255-5472) to register based on what you can afford. At the same time, the Center relies on program revenue to cover costs. For those who are able to pay more than the program price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price, and provides additional support to the Shambhala Center of Los Angeles. Thank you for your kindness!

If you cancel more than 7 days prior to your class (and have already paid), you will receive a full refund less a processing fee of $15. If you cancel between 1 to 7 days prior to arrival, we will credit your payment towards another program at Shambhala Los Angeles to be used within 1 year. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 24 hours prior to arrival.

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