What is Contentment?

It seems that most of the time, most of us are trying to get someplace, or get something, that we currently lack.  We feel that if we could just achieve that next level in our career, relationship, finances, health or –  whatever –  everything would finally be okay.  Could it be that this constant striving is actually the root of our suffering and discontent?

“The Buddha taught that suffering is a result of roaming, the urge to keep looking for an external source of happiness.  In Tibetan, a word for human beings is drowa – “movers.”   We wander not out of delight but out of discontent.  The place that we’re looking for, where happiness lies, is contentment…Much of our stress these days is caused by a simple lack of contentment. ”
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Ruling Our World

Our next offering in the Way of Shambhala series is a class exactly addressing this conundrum – Contentment in Everyday Life.  In this class, we learn that with meditation practice, we can relax with ourselves, appreciate simple human experiences and learn to be content with what is going on right now.  Starting November 4th, the class will meet for five Tuesday evenings.  PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE NO PREREQUISITES FOR THIS COURSE.  This will the last opportunity to join in the Way of Shambhala I courses for the 2014-2015 academic year.  For more information and to register, click here.

Free Online Event: Awake in the World, Begins October 19th, 5:00 – 7:30 pm

Awake in the World is a 6-evening live, online event being offered by Shambhala Mountain Center.   The series will consist of dialogues with top thought leaders, wisdom holders, and social visionaries.  Topics covered will include mindfulness in health, relationships, and work as a path to personal and social transformation. The Denver Center will host the opening event on Oct.19, at 5:00 pm featuring Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown in a dialogue on “Envisioning an Awakened World.”    For more information and to register for the opening event at SMCD and/or the entire series, click here.  To see the full list of presenters and topics each day,  click here. 

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Mindful Kids

with Gretta Hunjan & Jo Fitsell

October 19th

The Mindful Kids program uses meditation, yoga, art, music, drama and other sensory-rich activities to help children relax, develop inner strength, and realize the basic goodness of all sentient beings. Continue »

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with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche & Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

October 19th

Watch the opening of a FREE online event, coordinated by our friends at Shambhala Mountain focused on mindful living. We'll have a discussion afterwards. Continue »

Dharma Thursday: Body, Speech and Mind

October 23rd

A weekly opportunity for group meditation practice, followed by a dharma discussion and tea. A gentle form of yoga will also be offered at the start of each evening. Open to all. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level II - Birth of the Warrior

with Denise Wuensch

October 24th—October 26th

We examine our habitual tendencies, fears, and defense mechanisms; building on the foundation of the meditation practice introduced in Shambhala Training Level I. Continue »

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October 30th

A weekly opportunity for group meditation practice, followed by a dharma discussion and tea. A gentle form of yoga will also be offered at the start of each evening. Open to all. Continue »