Contentment in Everyday Life—Online

with Kathryn Rile & Susan Arnesen

April 21st—May 19th

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  • $130 Program Price
  • $200 Patron Price
Room: Online Program

In Contentment in Everyday Life, meditation experience is deepened through the cultivation of contentment and simplicity.

This course provides an exploration of genuine contentment, the foundational views of the Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life. With meditation practice, we can learn to appreciate ourselves and simple human experiences, free from self-aggression. Difficult emotions and the challenges of life can be met with gentleness, steadiness, and humor.

The Way of Shambhala Curriculum is designed to be taken in conjunction with Shambhala Training levels I-V. Contentment in Everyday Life is both a companion class to Shambhala Training Level II as well as an excellent introductory course on its own.

We will gather remotely on the Zoom platform. So, please register and pay online in advance in order to receive the link for the classes. 

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, 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
•  Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
•  The Sanity We Are Born With by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
•  The Myth of Freedom by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
•  The Truth of Suffering and the Path of Liberation by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
•  The Wisdom of No Escape by Pema Chödrön

Program Price $150 at the door, $130 with preregistration and pre-payment.
Patron Price $200
Or pay what you can afford.

Paying the patron price creates scholarships for those who cannot afford to pay the full price. 

Please pre-register online to help us plan for the class. You will receive the Zoom link after registration. 

Kathryn: kathrynrile [at] icloud [dot] com





We appreciate you registering and paying online. This helps us not only to plan for the program, but speeds up the registration line on the day of the program.

Generosity Policy
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.

We are committed to offering our programs to everyone, regardless of their financial situation. If you are unable to meet any of our listed pricing tiers please contact us to discuss your current needs. In addition to offering scholarship pricing for those in need, we also offer the option of paying for some programs in installments.

In order to request use of the Generosity Policy, please contact the person listing under the program’s contact information, or email: info [at] sfshambhala [dot] org, at least one week prior to the program you wish to attend.

What is the Patron Price?
The other aspect of our Generosity Policy is our Patron Price. Those who are able to offer more than the regular program price can select the Patron Price option.  By selecting this option, your generosity is helping to cover the costs of those who may not be able to pay the full price of the program. Thank you for your consideration, and for helping all to receive the treasure of the Shambhala Dharma.

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