Joy in Everyday Life
with Shastri Jane Hope & Lee Howson
“True happiness is always available to us, but first we have to create the environment for it to flourish.”
― Sakyong Mipham,
Joy in Everyday Life is a five-week meditation course in the Shambhala tradition. The class examines the Buddhist teachings on compassion and loving-kindness.
In these evening classes, we deepen our practice of mindfulness meditation as well as bringing a greater sense of awareness into our practice. We learn to develop trust in our basic goodness so that we can experience the uplifting quality of compassion.
Class 1: What is Joy?
Class 2: Opening our heart
Class 3: Overcoming self-doubt
Class 4: Compassion in Action: The Six Paramitas
Class 5: Discipline and celebrating the journey
“If you want to be miserable, think of yourself. If you want to be happy, think of others.” — Sakyong Mipham
This course is interactive and experiential. It will include:
- Mindfulness and Awareness Meditation Practice
- Talks on the key themes
- Guided instruction in contemplation practices to develop compassion and wellbeing
- Open discussion activities
- One-to-one meditation interviews available
The primary sources are The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron, Ruling Your World: Ancient Strategies for Modern Life by Sakyong Mipham and Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa.
The early bird fee of £80 is available until the 20th April, after which the fee will be £110. A concession fee of £60 is available for those earning below £17,000 per annum and a concession fee of £50 is available for those earning below £12,000 Please contact [email protected] to apply for a concession.
This course is open to everyone and will benefit newer and more experienced meditators alike. It is especially recommended to those who have completed the Contentment in Everday Life course and/or 2 and 3 of the Shambhala Training weekends.
Jane Hope is a long-term student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and a founding member of the London Shambhala Meditation Centre. She has been appointed by the Sakyong as a 'shastri', or senior teacher, for the UK and the Ukraine.
Lee Howson has been practising meditation in the Shambhala tradition since 1995 and is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He works in secondary schools and has spent three years as a subject leader in Religion and Philosophy. Lee has completed a 4 month retreat at Gampo Abbey in Canada.
Timings: Arrival 7.15pm, start 7:30pm, finish 9:30pm
We will serve some light refreshments at the end of each evening, we hope you can join us.
For further information please email: [email protected]