Turning Our Minds To The Dharma: A Class on Contemplating the Four Reminders [Online]

with Acharya Emily Bower & Shastri Joel Wachbrit

July 21st—August 25th

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  • $120 Program Price
  • $150 Patron Price
  • Generosity Policy

This six-week course will present traditional teachings that are essential to Buddhist thought, and that illuminate how we could all enjoy our life much more. Known as the Four Reminders, or the Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind Toward the Dharma, these teachings invite us to contemplate the Dharmic view of the preciousness of our life, the impermanence of everything, how suffering is impossible to avoid, and how we are all subject to karma.

Contemplating these truths can actually inspire us to appreciate our life more and to be more present to our experience.

This class will provide an opportunity for us to delve deeper into the foundational teachings of the Buddha. Through readings, talks by the teachers, contemplation practice and sharing how these teachings relate to each of us personally we can learn how to integrate these Four Reminders into our daily lives as well as our meditation practice.

This class is recommended for those who have had an established meditation practice for at least a year and/or have taken at least one course in Buddhism at a Shambhala Center or other Buddhist center (or online). The required readings for the class will be from the book, This Precious Life by Khandro Rinpoche, available on Amazon and through other booksellers.


We recognize that some people may be experiencing financial hardship at this time. Please pay in accordance with your circumstances (write in the amount). Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

About the teachers:

Acharya Emily Bower

Acharya Emily Bower encountered the Shambhala community through workplace colleagues in San Francisco, around the time of the passing of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1987. After dathün in 1991, she joined the staff of Karmê Chöling for three years. She later joined the Sakyong’s editorial staff, assisting him with Turning the Mind Into an Ally and several other published writings, as well as serving as faculty for two 3-month seminaries at Shambhala Mountain Center. In 2000, she became an acquiring book editor at Shambhala Publications and stayed there for 10 years. In 2011, she moved to Los Angeles to marry Peter Alan Roberts and has greatly enjoyed the SoCal sangha.

Acharya Emily Bower

Shastri Joel Wachbrit has been a member of the Los Angeles Shambhala community since 1989. He served as Center Co-Director and before that was Director of Buddhist Education for 7 years. In 2016 he was appointed as one of three Shastris, or senior teachers, for the greater Los Angeles area. Joel has been a working musician for more than forty years and for the last twenty he has composed music for TV and film.

Please register early to ensure that you receive the zoom link.

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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