Contentment in Everyday Life

with Barbara Cromer

August 17th—August 31st

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  • $108 Program Price
  • $120 Patron Price
  • $54 Supported
Room: Lakewood Center

What is contentment? Generally we think it’s having enough money, enough love, enough sustenance, and security. And yet, somehow it’s never enough. “Contentment” in this sense remains elusive.

In the Shambhala teachings we regard “contentment” as simply resting in the moment, acknowledging and being with “what is,” a state of simplicity. This course provides an opportunity to strengthen one’s practice of meditation and explore the foundational Buddhist and Shambhala teachings, with a focus on how we can find contentment in the midst of our daily life experience. With meditation practice, we learn to meet difficult emotions and life’s challenges with gentleness, steadiness and humor. We begin to appreciate ourselves and simple human experience.

August 17:

  • 10:00-12:00  Introducing Contentment: "Friendly to Oneself"
  • 12:00-1:00  Lunch (provided)
  • 1:00-3:00  Contemplating Contentment: "Nowness"


August 24:

  • 10:00-12:00 Suffering & The Four Noble Truths: "Meeting Suffering with Gentleness"
  • 12:00-1:00  Lunch (provided)
  • 1:00-3:00 Working with Emotions & Buddhist Psychology


August 31:

  • 1:00-3:00 The Confidence of Contentment


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