Joy in Everyday Life

with Erika Bjorum, Shambhala Guide
Five Tuesdays, 10/24-11/21, 6-8 p.m.
By registration
“Wanting someone else to be happy is like bathing in honey and milk.” - 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.
Consider this: If our normal mantra is “What about me?” flipping that into “What about you?” can be profound and have wide-reaching implications in our own search for happiness. As the Sakyong states, “Wanting someone else to be happy is like bathing in honey and milk.”
In this class series, we deepen our practice of shamatha meditation (“peaceful abiding”), and we develop trust in our basic goodness. From this ground, we experience the uplifting quality of compassion. We release self-involvement, and we extend loving-kindness to others. Together we learn that joining gentleness with discipline leads to a sense of joy in our lives. We experience our innate wisdom and confidence; we touch into the qualities of bravery and freedom from doubt.
Class Topics
Class 1: Joy
Class 2: Awakened Heart
Class 3: The Trap of Doubt
Class 4: Compassion in Action
Class 5: Discipline & The Virtues of the Higher Realms
This course is interactive and experiential, with a mixture of meditation, talks, contemplation, discussion, and readings. Photocopied readings will be provided at the first class. 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. Cost of photocopies is included in class price.
Joy in Everyday Life is a class series 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.
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 Rachel 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!

A program of Rockland Shambhala, under the auspices of the Brunswick-Portland Shambhala Center.