Contentment in Everyday Life in Rockland

with Rachel Nixon

September 12th—October 10th (2017)

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    Room: Rockland
    Five Tuesdays, 9/12-10/10, 6-8 p.m.
    Study group by registration
    “Suffering is a result of roaming, the urge to keep looking for an external source of happiness. Much of our stress these days is caused by simple lack of contentment.” 
                              - Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
    Contentment in Everyday Life is a five-week meditation course in the Shambhala tradition. The program offers experiential training in contentment, as well as an exploration of the obstacles or challenges to experiencing simplicity and nowness. It is based on the premise that we often look for satisfaction outside of ourselves. But, when we get what we want, it's not enough and we're off chasing the next thing that might bring us happiness. As we'll explore in this class, true contentment is always right here, right now — if we could just learn to relax and tune into it.
    This class series explores the Shambhala view of basic goodness and introduces the foundational teachings of Buddhism. Through talks, guided meditation, contemplation, and discussion, we gain understanding of unconditional contentment, and we learn to develop gentleness, precision, appreciation, and steadiness. Practicing these qualities in our lives leads to contentment and everyday awake action. Together, we'll gain understanding into how painful conditions and emotions keep us trapped in habitual patterns, rather than open us to our inherent goodness. 
    Class Topics
    Class 1: Introducing Contentment: "Friendly to Oneself"
    Class 2: Contemplating Contentment: "Nowness"
    Class 3: Suffering & The Four Noble Truths: "Meeting Suffering with Gentleness"
    Class 4: Working with Emotions & Buddhist Psychology
    Class 5: The Confidence of Contentment
    Readings will be provided from multiple texts including Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior, Turning the Mind into an Ally, Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness, Ruling Your World, and The Sanity You are Born With.
    Contentment in Everyday Life is a class in The Way of Shambhala program. This course of study is a practice and study path that presents the Shambhala Buddhist teachings and explores how we can apply them in day-to-day life. There are five everyday life classes and five level trainings in the curriculum.
    Level: This course is beneficial to new and experienced meditators alike.
    Suggested donation: $85 for 5-week series, includes $10 photocopies fee (donations in any amount graciously accepted)
    Registration: early registration is recommended to save your space; contact Rachel by email at [email protected] or 594-1694
    **A program of Rockland Shambhala, under the auspices of the Brunswick-Portland Shambhala Center.