Learn to Work with Strong Emotions
with Robert Chender
Open to All
Life isn’t always beautiful or pleasurable, and *spoiler alert* meditation isn’t an off switch to suffering. But with meditation we can find contentment. True contentment doesn't come from ignoring suffering. It doesn’t mean we just “think positively” and everything will be alright.
Instead, contentment gives us a tool to meet intense emotions with some peace of mind, a little curiosity, and a touch of gentleness, so that instead of flying off the handle, we might be able to take a breath and give ourselves (and the other guy) a break.
In this class, students will learn to acknowledge and work directly with the various types of suffering that arise in our day to day life. We’ll explore meditation techniques that help us to identify the quality, nature and experience of emotions so we can meet them with gentleness, nowness and inquisitiveness.
6:30pm Welcome & Introduction
6:45pm Meditation Instruction & Guided Practice
7:15pm Practice Questions
8:00pm Group Discussion or Dyads
About Learn to Live Mindfully
This class is part of Shambhala New York's Learn to Live Mindfully series: one-night workshops that offer practical teachings and meditation techniques to help us grow into more mindful, compassionate human beings. Classes include guided meditation, teaching, and group discussion.
About the Teacher
Robert Chender is a senior meditation teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, and is a student of the late Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He also works with business and professional groups and individuals in applying mindfulness and emtional intelligence practices to workplace efficiency, corporate culture and morale, and is a trainer for the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, the mindfulness program developed at Google. He also teaches at The Interdependence Project, as well as the Westchester Buddhist Center. Robert is counsel at a large New York firm, and is the founder of the New York City Bar Association Contemplative Lawyers Group. He is a graduate of Vassar College and the NYU School of Law.