Joy in Everyday Life

with John Ankele & Lianne Ritchie

March 15th—April 12th

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

Joy in Everyday Life follows the courses Contentment in Everyday Life and Shambhala Training Weekend II. “Joy” is the third course in the Shambhala Training class series and can serve as a companion course for the Shambhala Training Weekend III retreat.


“Every moment of our life is important ." 

- Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche 

About Joy in Everyday Life

When we’re low on energy and inspiration, our lives can feel like a race to the bottom. To compensate, we often find ourselves running to the very habits that drain us. We forget that embracing a regular spiritual practice can provide us with all the ground we need to restore our natural sense of wonder.

This 5-week course shows us that, while the challenges of our cycles are always arising, when we fortify ourselves with simple enjoyment of ourselves, others, and the world around us, our lives take on a refreshing, ordinary joyfulness.

By letting go of the struggle to be something "better," we can make space for our inherently intelligent, compassionate, and strong nature to flourish.

Details on Joy in Everyday Life

In this course, students embrace the theme of routine as a road to finding joy in everyday life. In addition, students receive the practice of Loving-Kindness Meditation. The five class course offers instruction on the following topics:   

Class 1: Introducing Joy

Class 2: Awakening the Heart 

Class 3: Escaping the Trap of Doubt

Class 4: Compassion in Action 

Class 5: Discipline and Virtue 

Throughout the course, we will deepen our understanding the connection between routine and joy and deepen our relationship with the practice of loving-kindness.   

About Shambhala Training

Joy in Everyday Life is the third class in Shambhala Training, a complete path of weekly classes and weekend retreats that provides a comprehensive overview of mindfulness and contemplative meditation 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 Teachers

John Ankele is a long-time teacher of Shambhala Training and is a video producer. His work has been broadcast on PBS and ABC-TV and has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Smithsonian, the United Nations and the Margaret Mead Film Festival.

As a designer, Lianne Ritchie has worked in advertising creating show-art and theatre posters for over 30 years. Shakespeare was the inspiration to connecting with the Dharma. As a member of the Shambhala tradition for over 12 years, she is continually inspired by the discipline of her teachers and friends. Lianne joined the Shambhala New York teaching faculty in 2016.


“I sincerely loved this class... It was quietly valuable & deeply moving.”

“I enjoyed this program. The talks and meditations were great. I especially appreciated having the opportunity to speak with them individually. The balance of readings, dyads and discussion made for a very rich experience.” 

“The topic of lovingkindness was so helpful to me during my practice. It is one that I know I’ll be coming back to and exploring again and again.”

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.