Contentment in Everyday Life

with Shastri Elizabeth Reid

August 8th—August 29th (2018)

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  • $175 Patron
  • $145 General
  • $115 Members

Open to All  

This course is suitable for new and returning meditators. “Contentment” is the second course in Shambhala Training and can be taken as a follow-up to Meditation in Everyday Life (optional).

"This very moment is the perfect teacher."

– Pema Chödrön, Senior Teacher in the Shambhala Tradition

About Contentment in Everyday Life

Whether we’re over-eating, over-spending, over-Netflixing, or just plain overwhelmed, the swirl of our minds can begin to confuse what’s clear, simple, and profoundly rewarding: the present moment.

The heart of meditation practice is learning to rest in the present moment and find contentment with what is going on around us.

Irritation may always arise, but when we interpret these thoughts and feelings as cold hard facts to be acted upon, dissatisfaction devours our time and energy, and life becomes a chore.

Contentment in Everyday Life offers an experiential training in learning to appreciate what is in front of us and relate to our world with curiosity and friendliness.

This course serves as a practical how-to guide for experiencing simplicity, gentleness, and mindfulness in daily life. Each 90-minute class gives us the tools to get from a place of confusion to a place of contentment—right here, right now.

Details on Contentment in Everyday Life

In this course, students will continue to learn basic mindfulness meditation and receive the Shambhala Contentment Contemplation to study and practice. Through guided meditation, talks, contemplation, and group discussion, we gain an understanding of unconditional contentment and start to appreciate the lives we have already.

In addition, the four class course offers instruction on the following topics:   

Class 1: Making Friends With Ourselves  

Class 2: Resting in the Present Moment 

Class 3: Meeting Obstacles with Patience 

Class 4: Working With Strong Emotions

Throughout the course, we will deepen our comfort with our natural state of being to feel a simple worthiness that makes life less forced and more enjoyable.

About Shambhala Training

Contentment in Everyday Life is the second course in Shambhala Training, a complete path of classes and retreats that provides a comprehensive overview of mindfulness meditation and contemplative living techniques. 

Shambhala Training presents profound, simple and incredibly relevant teachings on how we can bring our meditation practice into every facet of daily life.

About the Teacher

Shastri Elizabeth Reid has been a member of the Shambhala NYC community since 1983. She began her studies with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and became a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. One of her roles over the years was establishing and guiding the first Learn to Meditate programs.  She has taught the full Everyday Life series curriculum and directed all Heart of Warriorship and Sacred Path Shambhala Training weekends. In addition, she has co-taught Assistant Director training. With a background in dance, theater and photography, she has led contemplative photography workshops and has a private practice as an Alexander Technique teacher.

Generosity Policy

Our Generosity Policy helps make programming available to all those who wish to participate. To utilize the Generosity Policy, please call the Registrar at 212-675-6544. We cannot accept Generosity Policy registrations at the door, so please make arrangements in advance.