Contentment in Everyday Life

with Filomena Leonardi & Dr. David Greenan

October 15th—November 12th

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  • $95 Patron
  • $75 General
  • $35 Members
  • $35 Students
  • Pay what you can ($10 min.)

Open to All. Zoom information sent upon registration. 

This course is suitable for new and returning meditators. Contentment in Everyday Life is the second course in Shambhala Training. Prerequisite: Meditation in Everyday Life OR Shambhala Training Weekend I. Exceptions can be made upon request. 

Contentment can be hard to find. Much of the time we seek it in relationships, achievements or material things. With meditation practice we learn to relax with ourselves and appreciate simple human experience. Difficult emotions and the challenges of life can be met with gentleness, mindfulness and openness. We learn to rest in nowness and explore how to work with impulse and emotion.

Class Topics

Class 1: Introducing Contentment: "Friendly to Oneself"
Class 2: Contemplating Contentment: "Nowness"
Class 3: Suffering & The Four Noble Truths: "Meeting Suffering with Gentleness"
Class 4: Working with Emotions & Buddhist Psychology
Class 5: The Confidence of Contentment

About the Teachers

Filomena Leonardi has been a student in the Shambhala tradition since 2009. Filomena is a partner at the global consulting firm, Spencer Stuart, where advises executives on talent management and leadership development. Through her work as executive coach she aspires to bring the principles of Shambhala Dharma to the corporate world.  Originally born and raised in Milan, Italy, Filomena has lived in several cities, including London and Sydney. She has made  New York City her home since 2005. In her (limited!) spare time, Filomena is an enthusiastic ceramics student at Greenwich House Pottery, and considers clay and the wheel her very first mindfulness teachers.

David Greenan is a psychologist and academic, teaching family therapy at Teachers College, Columbia University.  His particular interest is in the intersection of mindfulness practice, the practice psychology with family systems and how we activate resiliency and basic goodness in systems. He is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.