(Online) Joy In Everyday Life

with Shastri Stephen Gleich

October 18th—November 15th

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    Awakening the Heart and Cultivating a Compassionate View in Everyday Life

    Five Monday Evening Classes: Oct. 18, 25 & Nov. 1, 8, 15 from 7:00-9:00 pm Atlantic     Time Zone Converter

    Note: This is a Way of Shambhala core path program (read more below). The prerequisite for attending is completion of Contentment in Everyday Life (CIEL). Also highly recommended: Shambhala Training  II and/or III.

    As our meditation practice expands and we develop trust in basic goodness, we can begin to discover the confidence and personal energy to go forward on the journey. Joining gentleness with discipline leads to a sense of joy. The practical Mahayana Buddhist teachings on compassion can become the inspiration for a life of bravery and freedom from doubt.

    What to Expect

    Topics presented in this course include:

    • Compassion and the Mahayana path,
    • Facing and investigating doubt,
    • How discipline brings joy,
    • Training in the Four Immeasurables to think of others kindly and without preconception.


    Each Zoom session includes a guided meditation practice, guided contemplations on joy and compassion, conversations and discussions -- both in dyads and with the whole class.

    Suggested Readings

    These suggested readings are optional, but they will enrich the experience of this class:
    Smile at Fear; by Chögyam Trungpa (Chapter: Overcoming Doubt)
    Shambhala Sacred Path of the Warrior; by Chögyam Trungpa (Ch. 8,9,20)
    The Places that Scare You; by Pema Chödrön (Ch. 6,7,8)
    Ruling Your World  by Sakyong Mipham (Ch. 10-14).

    Generosity policy applies. If you are experiencing financial difficulties due to loss of income, please email [email protected] and indicate what you are able to offer for the five-week program. We understand, and would like everyone who is inspired to participate to be able to do so.

    If you are able to offer more, your support will be much appreciated.

    About the Way of Shambhala

    The Way of Shambhala includes Shambhala Training programs I–V, with each training followed by an "In Everyday Life" course that expands upon what was offered in the training. Over the course of a year, these programs introduce the entire Shambhala path. This series offers a glimpse of the Shambhala vision of enlightened society by emphasizing how meditation can impact our daily lives—and from there, how the sanity of meditation can impact our community and our whole society. For a full description and chart of the Way of Shambhala, visit this link.

    Joy in Everyday Life is the third of the five weekly courses that accompany the Shambhala Training programs. It is recommended either before or after Shambhala Training III.