Contentment in Everyday Life

with David Parker & Michaela McCormick

November 3rd—December 1st (2014)

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  • $115.00 General
  • $98.00 Early Bird
  • $135.00 Patron
Room: Main Shrine Room

Course 2 of the Everyday Life Series

Prerequisite: Meditation instruction in the Shambhala tradition; Free introductory meditation instruction is available on Tuesdays 7:00 PM

Contentment is hard to find. We usually think that contentment is found in things, achievements or experiences. With meditation practice, we learn to appreciate ourselves and simple human experiences. Difficult emotions and the challenges of life can be met with gentleness, steadiness and humor.

David Parker is grateful to the patient students of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, including his current teacher, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, who helped a skeptical beginner start a regular meditation practice in Boston 25 years ago, and led him step by step under his own power into a larger view. He has been active in the Portland Shambhala Center since he moved here 20 years ago, and is currently a teacher, a meditation instructor, and coordinator of the Tuesday night open house talks. He works part time as a scientist and professor at OHSU, where he and his students study how the cells of the immune system communicate with each other.
Michaela McCormick has been meditating for 13 years and has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 2005. She is Director of Practice and Education for the Portland Shambhala Meditation Center, a meditation instructor, and a member of the Diversity Working Group of Shambhala International. For 25 years she worked as a teacher, trainer, and practitioner of conflict resolution and public dialogue. For longer than that she was a community organizer/activist. She now writes on social and spiritual themes.

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