Joy in Everyday Life: A Five-Week Course

with Kathryn Rile & Susan Arnesen

October 23rd—November 20th (2018)

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  • $130 Program Price
  • $200 Patron Price
  • Or pay in accordance with your circumstances. Write in the amount. Suggested minimum $75.
Room: Main Shrine Room


Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings on intelligent compassion towards others, we begin to discover the joy of discipline, health and bravery.

As meditation practice expands and we develop trust in basic goodness, we can begin to discover the confidence and personal energy to go forward on the journey. Joining gentleness with discipline leads to a sense of joy. The mahayana teachings on compassion can become the inspiration for a life of bravery and freedom from doubt.

The Courses
The courses are weekly, interactive, communal, and create a learning environment where the teachings are intimate and relevant. We train in meditation, and use inquiry, dialogue, and contemplative arts throughout the classes.

There are no prerequisites for this class.

Readings for the class will be taken from the following texts. Some titles are available for sale in the San Francisco Shambhala bookstore, however it is not necessary to purchase the texts to take the class.

Turning the Mind Into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Ruling Your World by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Smile at Fear by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
The Places that Scare You by Pema Chödrön

And additional readings from:
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Great Eastern Sun by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

The Teachers

Kathryn and SusanKathryn Rile has been a student of Shambhala for over 15 years. She is the Director of Communications for Northern California Shambhala and works professionally in design and communications for small businesses. Kathyrn is a ceramic artist and the mother of two Shambhala Sun Camp graduates.

Susan Arnesen has been studying the dharma for 23 years and practiced with the Shambhala community since 1999. She teaches yoga, is trained in therapeutic body work, and makes a living as a hairstylist.

$150 at the door
$130 with preregistration and pre-payment
$200 Patron Price
Or pay in accord with your circumstances, suggested minimum $75.

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The San Francisco Shambhala Center is funded solely by your membership and program donations. Thank you for your generosity as you consider what you can pay for each program at our Center. We strive to price our programs in a way that accurately reflects the financial need of our Center and the cost to us of producing the program.

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