Finding Contentment in Everyday Life: A 5-Week Intro Course (Eagle Rock)

with Shastri Joel Wachbrit & Carolyn Sykes

January 19th—February 16th

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  • $175 Program Price
  • $220 Patron Price
Room: EAGLE ROCK SHAMBHALA- Main Shrine Room- 963 Colorado Blvd, 90041

 Open to All!

This 5-week course is designed for beginning or returning meditators. Finding Contentment in Everyday Life can be taken as a follow up to Meditation in Everyday Life and Shambhala Weekend Retreat I, but participation in these programs is not required. 

About Finding Contentment in Everyday Life:

Contentment is hard to find.  We usually think contentment is found in things, achievements or experiences.  With meditation practice, we learn to appreciate ourselves and simple human experiences.  In this course we begin to understand why experience is often habitual and full of discontent and suffering.  And most importantly, we learn how difficult emotions and the challenges of life can be met with gentleness, steadiness and humor.

“Spirituality doesn't exist on another level different from ordinary life."                                                            ~Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

This course provides a good introduction for beginning meditators. Through guided meditation instruction and practice, talks, contemplation, and group discussion, we gain an understanding of unconditional contentment and start to appreciate the lives we have already. A range of learning aids are used, including simple instructions, experiential exercises and strong community support.

About the teachers:

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.

Carolyn Sykes is a harpist, and has been performing in Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States for the past 30+ years.  She came to Los Angeles 19 years ago to study for her Masters Degree at the California Institute of the Arts.  Since then she has established her private teaching and performing studio Pacific Harps, a boutique music booking agency Music For Events, and the Los Angeles harp dealership for Camac Harps.  She moved to the US from Australia in 1987, but did not discover Shambhala until 1999 when she came to the center to listen to a week of Khandro Rinpoche’s teachings.  She currently serves as Director of Culture and Decorum for Los Angeles Shambhala and is a Shambhala Art teacher. Her previous roles include: dekyong, membership director, and community mandala director, as well as coordinator for many programs.  

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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