Joy in Everyday Life

with Joseph Mauricio & Ashley Dinges

June 29th—July 27th (2017)

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  • $215 Patron
  • $175 General
  • $145 Members
Room: Main Shrine Room

When we're low on energy and inspiration, we often reach for the very things that drain us. Caffeine, screens, sweets... Embracing the routine of our spiritual practices is a way to find the ground we need to feel human again.

Joy in Everyday Life is a 5-week course exploring the meaning of joy and the true source of personal energy and inspiration. The course introduces the experience of awakening our heart and extending loving-kindness to others as a means to continuous personal inspiration.

This cheerful, perky joyfulness provides the ground we need to go forward on our journey with a genuine, sustainable enjoyment of the day to day.  In the Joy in Everyday Life course we'll work directly with the following topics through instruction, meditation, and discussion. 

Class Topics 

Class 1: Introducing Joy
Class 2: Awakened Heart
Class 3: The Trap of Doubt
Class 4: Compassion in Action: The Paramitas
Class 5: Discipline and the Virtues of the Higher Realms


"Quietly valuable, sincere and deeply moving."
"After this course, I had more patience and kindness with myself." 
"Something really clicked for me with this course." 

About the Teachers

Joseph Mauricio is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and has studied meditation with scores of teachers, including Pema Chodron at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia. He has been a close student of his primary teacher, Sakyong Mipham, lineage holder of the Shambhala Tradition, for 25 years. Joseph has completed many intensive retreats, programs and advanced teacher trainings in meditation and Buddhist studies. Aside from his work throughout Shambhala's International community, Joe has presented meditation practice, motivational lectures and creativity workshops in schools, businesses, jails, hospitals, nightclubs and lounges. As founder of L I F E W O R K Meditation Based Coaching Services, Joseph works with to help clients find their authentic orientation in life and develop their private voice in a public arena. He has begun dharmajunkies, a conscious community discussion on compassion based activism.

Ashley Dinges is a meditation practitioner and student in the Shambhala tradition. She is the Director of Marketing for Kalapa Media, Shambhala's communications, media and technology hub, and oversees fundraising and development at Shambhala New York.  Her professional background is in media and nonprofit management, having worked at the San Jose Mercury News and WNET New York Public Media. Ashley is currently an MBA candidate at the NYU Stern School of Business.