Joy in Everyday Life (Online)

with Shastri Elizabeth Reid & Dr. David Greenan

July 8th—August 5th

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  • $150 Patron
  • $130 General
  • $90 Current SMCNYC Members
  • $60 Students
  • Pay what you can
Room: Online
Program Registration is Closed.

Joy in Everyday Life is the third course in the Everyday Life series. Prerequisite: Contentment in Everyday Life or permission of instructor.

Shambhala Training weekend programs Level I-V are recommended to be taken in parallel with the Everyday Life courses. 

"A true warrior is never at war with the world" - Chögyam Trungpa 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

The Shambhala Training path is a secular course of practice and study suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, and open to people of any spiritual tradition. This comprehensive overview of mindfulness meditation and contemplative living practices presents the profound, simple and incredibly relevant view that when we foster a more awake and compassionate relationship with ourselves and with others, we can and are fostering a healthy transformation in society and our world altogether.

About the Teachers

Shastri Elizabeth Reid is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. She started her path at the New York Shambhala Center which was located right at the end of her street. She later became a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now studies under his son, 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. She has a private practice in NYC as a Nationally Certified Alexander Technique Teacher.

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.


“5+++! Loved the teachers and all my classmates. The teachings are simple and profound and I learned a lot about myself. I felt so supported by the teachers and the other students.” 

“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.”

Zoom information will be sent prior to the class. The Patron rate makes it possible to support our online programming at this time.  Registration is limited so please register soon! Zoom information will be sent upon registration.

Please register in advance; last minute registrants run the risk of not receiving their Zoom link in time to attend.