Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Shastri Christopher St. John
Tuesdays, April 17-May 15, 6-8 p.m.
"When we are fearless, even problems can spark inspiration." - Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Fear is rampant in our world. On a societal level, we experience uncertainty about the future of our planet and our civilization. On a personal level, fear can manifest as anything from a nagging sense of self-doubt to a static background of anxiety.
No matter how fear presents itself, it is necessary to examine how we cope. Do we drown our anxieties in vices or distractions? Does a fear-based worry prevent us from feeling confident in who we are? 
In this course, we'll open ourselves up to the possibility that we can have a relationship with fear through the practice of meditation. We'll explore the exhilarating sensation of "just being" with our fears as a first step towards developing genuine, unshakeable self-confidence. We'll learn to trust that even our problems can spark inspiration.
This course will present practical tools for acknowledging and understanding fear. We will explore the Shambhala view that skillfully working with fear can actually serve as a stepping stone for personal transformation. Rather than hide from our own existence, we will look directly into the uncertainty of our lives and get our first taste of unconditional fearlessness.
The classes are experiential and interactive, creating a learning environment where the teachings are intimate and relevant. We train in meditation and use inquiry, dialogue, and contemplative arts throughout the classes.
Class Topics
Class 1: Fear and Fearlessness
Class 2: Contemplating Death and Impermanence
Class 3: Working with Fear Itself
Class 4: Letting Go
Class 5: Unconditional Confidence
Fearlessness in Everyday Life is the fourth 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.
Shastri Christopher St. John has been practicing, studying and teaching in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition since 1982. He has been Resident Director of Shambhala Training at the Brunswick-Portland Shambhala Center since 1995. Christopher was named Shastri (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2016.
Prerequisites: Participation in at least one of the everyday life classes and/or Shambhala level trainings. 
Registration: Early registration is recommended to save your space and it also helps the staff plan for the program. Kindly complete payment below or contact Lindsay at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options.
Suggested donation
Generosity policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested donation is an obstacle for you, please consider what is possible in your current situation and offer as much of the program fee as you can. Kindly register ahead by email and plan to pay at class. Thank you!
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala. Shambhala is a registered service mark of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu).