Learn to Work with Difficult Emotions

with Dr. Shante Smalls

July 11th (2018)

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  • $42 Patron
  • $35 General
  • $28 Members
  • $28 Students

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.

Class Schedule

6:30pm Welcome & Introduction
6:45pm Meditation Instruction & Guided Practice
7:15pm Practice Questions
7:30pm Teaching
8:00pm Group Discussion or Dyads
8:15pm Conclude

About the Teacher

Shanté Paradigm Smalls is a Teacher and Mentor in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. They are assistant professor of Black Culture and Literature, as well as as a performer and performance studies scholar. Dr. Smalls has published work on hip hop, film, queer performance, and a host of other scholarly topics. Shanté is also the Rusung or Area Protector of the Shambhala Center of New York City and is the head of the Pillar of Protection called The Dorje Kasung.

About Learn to Live Mindfully 

This class is part of Shambhala NYC's Learn to Live Mindfully series: one-night workshops offering you a taste of Shambhala Training. The teachings and meditation techniques of Shambhala Training provide us with the knowledge and skills to grow into more mindful and compassionate human beings.  Learn to Live Mindfully classes include guided meditation, teaching, and group discussion centered around a particular aspect of awake living. Click here for the full season's schedule of class topics. 

About Shambhala Training

Shambhala Training is a comprehensive curriculum of mindfulness-awareness meditation and emotional intelligence education consisting of five weekly classes and six weekend retreats. This secular course of practice and study is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, and open to people of any spiritual tradition. Shambhala Training presents the profound, simple and incredibly relevant view that when we foster a more awake and compassionate relationship with ourselves and with others, we are creating a more awake and compassionate world.