Contentment in Everyday Life (Weekly Class Version)

with Billy Boyar & Michelle Schreiber

March 27th—April 24th (2018)

Date details +
  • $110 Standard price
  • $130 Patron price
Price description +
Room: Main Meditation Hall

Contentment can be hard to find. Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. Contentment in Everyday Life provides an exploration of genuine contentment, the foundational views of the Buddhist Hinayana teachings, and meditation in action for daily life. Through the gentle precision of meditation practice, we can learn to appreciate ourselves and our simple human experiences, free from self-aggression. Difficult emotions and the challenges of life can be met with curiosity, steadiness and humor.

No prerequisites: Contentment in Everyday Life is an entry level program and issues a prerequisite for taking all subsequent Everyday Life classes, beginning with Joy in Everyday Life.

Texts: Readings will be recommended from the following texts, which are available for purchase at our center and at local and online stores, and also can be found in our library. These readings will supplement your learning but are not required.

  • Ruling Your World by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
  • Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa
  • The Sanity We Are Born With by Chögyam Trungpa
  • Turning the Mind into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche


This version of Contentment in Everyday Life will be offered in 5 weekly classes.

If you have any questions please contact Ben at [email protected].

Pricing & Generosity Policy

Price: $110

Please pre-register online so that we can properly prepare for amounts of food, staff, materials, etc. Payment is not required at the time of pre-registration. If price is an obstacle for you, please inquire about our Generosity Policy.

Note to students taking "Contentment in Everyday Life” and/or “Level 2” in 2018:

In recent years, we have offered only one CIEL and one Level 2 class.  This year we will experiment with offering two of each:

  • One CIEL class on the weekend (Jan 28-29) and another on 5 Tuesday evenings (Mar 27-Apr 24).  
  • One Level 2 class on 5 Tuesday evenings (Feb 20-Mar 20) and a weekend Level 2 on Dec 8-9.

We are hoping to provide you with more options for moving along the path into the more advanced Level 3 and "Joy in Everyday Life” classes. (We will still offer two Level 1 classes, both on weekends as before).

The result of this is a very tight calendar between January and May.  If you want to move into Level 3 or JIEL during 2018, please consider the dates of all these classes and plan out your year.  A person who wants to take Level 2, followed by CIEL, followed by JIEL -- who can only take Tuesday night classes -- will have to take classes every Tuesday night between Feb 20 and May 29.  So you might try to take either CIEL or Level 2 on the weekend if that is an option for you.