Joy in Everyday Life

with Shastri Elizabeth Reid & Vito Lesczak

September 6th—October 4th (2017)

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  • $215 Patron
  • $175 General
  • $145 Members
Room: Auxiliary 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 practice 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:

Shastri Elizabeth Reid is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, having been a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now the current Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. With a background in theater and dance and an ongoing relationship with photography, she is endlessly intrigued by the interplay between meditation and the arts. Passionate about bringing more body awareness to students in their practice and lives, she offers Alexander Technique based exercises in her teaching. She has a private practice in NYC as a Nationally Certified Alexander Technique Teacher.

Vito Lesczak is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, has been practicing in Shambhala since 2006 and joined the teaching faculty in 2016. He is originally from Austria but has now spent exactly half his life in NYC. He is a professional musician and is interested in exploring the connections between mindfulness-awareness and and heartfelt, creative expressions. He is married and is especially grateful that his two little daughters constantly remind him of the magic of life.