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A Video Course with Pema Chödrön - The Heart of the Matter

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  • Orange County Shambhala Meditation Center

    2750 Harbor Blvd, Suite B03, Costa Mesa, CA (map)

    33.672256 -117.918655

  • Parking is available in the lot along Harbor Blvd. The center is located north of Coco's in the back facing Peterson Place and can be accessed by using walkway between Coco's and the skateboard shop.
  •                                                Pema Chödrön


                                              The Heart of the Matter

                        How to Live With Compassion and Courage

      Brought back due to very popular acclaim and demand.  Come to one, come to two, come to three ... or come to all of them!  This will greatly impact meditation students by listening, contemplating and meditating on Pema Chodron's translation on the ways of the Bodhisattva warrior in the world today.

      Featuring seven new talks filmed this spring in the intimate setting of Gampo Abbey, Pema’s home - this is a rare opportunity to study with this extraordinary teacher. As her theme for this course, Pema uses a short Buddhist text especially close to her heart, Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva.

      This classic text, which could be said to summarize the major themes of Pema’s teachings over the years, presents ways that we can work with our own hearts and minds.

      Reflections on Silver River by Ken McLeod is a translation of and commentary on Tokme Zongpo’s Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhissattva, is one of the most revered and loved texts in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition - it has been a key text since the fourteenth century.

       This is the book that is used by Pema Chödrön during this program and the OC Center will have copies available for purchase - a book you will treasure forever.

       Starting wherever you find yourself now, you can unravel your personal preoccupations and discover your innate potential for compassion, love, and wisdom. Using this text as a lens, in her usual down-to-earth and practical language, Pema offers new teachings that help you:

    •   Discover the joy found in embracing (rather than running away from) the impermanent and groundless nature of being alive. 

    •   Examine the nature of cause and effect, or karma, and consider how it plays out in your life. 

    •   Work with overwhelming emotions on the spot in your everyday circumstances. 

    •   Understand how your habitual attachments, or shenpas, lead to unhappiness, and explore how to untangle yourself from them. 

    •   Learn how to use the difficulties of your life, such as loss and shame, as a means to awakened mind. 

    •   Embody the six transcendent actions; generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation, and wisdom, that can support your movement toward a more open-hearted life. 

    •   Cultivate the attitudes of mind that incline you toward compassionate engagement with the world.

       As a special extra in this course, Pema will teach tonglen, a compassion practice based on the understanding that the very thing that triggers suffering can become the foundation of happiness.

    7 Sunday afternoon classes - (Notice the different time on October 30th)

         October 23rd- 1:30 to 4:30pm

         October 30th - 3pm to 6pm

         November 6th - 1:30 to 4;30pm

         November 13th-  1:30 to 4;30pm

         November 27th- 1:30 to 4;30pm

         December 4th - 1:30 to 4;30pm

         December 11th- 1:30 to 4;30pm

    OPEN TO ALL - Space May Be Limited

         Full Program Tuition:  $200

         Full Program Patron Tuition:  $250

         Individual classes:  $35 each

    Related reading materials optional, and not included in tuition.

    SMCLA Generosity Policy

       The Shambhala Center remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our members and program participants, and one of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one should be prevented from participating in programs for lack of funds. At the same time, the Center relies on the revenue from program participants to cover the cost of each program and of keeping our doors open.

       For programs where there is a set price, if the program price is an obstacle for you, please offer as much of the program price as you can. The suggested minimum, based on the Center’s costs, is 50% of the program price. You may type in the amount on the registration page and pay accordingly. For those who are able to pay more than the program price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price of the program, and provides support to the Shambhala Center.

    Register online at la.shambhala.org

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