A Personal Exploration of Buddhist Psychology [Online]

with Melissa Moore

August 31st—October 3rd

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  • $150 Program Price
  • $200 Patron Price
  • Generosity Policy

Prerequisite: It is recommended that participants have taken at least one prior course on Buddhism and have an ongoing relationship to meditation practice.

Program Details: In this course, we explore the Wheel of Life, a classic Buddhist portrait of both Samsara and Nirvana (or confusion and enlightenment) from the perspective of human psychology.  We will explore the Wheel of Life experientially by watching the movements of our minds in our relationship with others.  We’ll begin with an exploration of the building block of ego, the five skandhas, from a Buddhist psychology perspective. Then we will investigate the six realms, twelve nidanas, and the movement of the mind in the five emotions. The opportunity for participants is to depict a personal history of sanity from the unique perspective of Chogyam Trungpa’s teachings.

Please note that the final meeting will take place on Sunday, October 3, from 1 - 4 PM PDT to provide additional time to contemplate and to share how the teachings on the Wheel of Life impact our personal lives.


Melissa Moore is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Tradition and co-founder of Karuna Training, a training certification in Contemplative Psychology which emphasizes the centrality of compassion (karuna). Melissa has taught Buddhism, Shambhala Training, and Karuna Training worldwide since 1995 and has a Ph.D. in Psychological Anthropology and an M.A. in Contemplative Psychotherapy. She currently lives in Denver and is the steward of Karuna Training.

Zoom Access: This course will be offered online via Zoom at the dates and times (in Pacific Time Zone) listed above; use The Timezone Converter to determine your local class time. After registering for the course, you will receive instructions for joining course meetings.

Important Note: Please log in with, or consider creating, a Shambhala account on the registration page (located on the right side of the page) to receive the program's Zoom meeting information immediately. This is especially important for participants who register close to the program start time. That said, registering now is strongly recommended—and an act of kindness for our teachers and coordinators!

Pricing Information and Generosity Policy: We are committed to making our programs and classes accessible to everyone, and we will not turn anyone away due to financial concerns. If the Program Price is an obstacle for you, please decide what works for you and offer what you are able to pay. You do not need to apply for the Generosity Policy in advance, but if you have questions, please contact us.

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 us at 323-963-3001 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 (when available) 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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