The Lion of Joy Session 2: Awakened Heart

July 22nd

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  • $20.00 Standard Price

This course is the second in the series of explorations of the Four Dignities of Shambhala: Tiger, Lion, Garuda, and Dragon. As meditation practice expands and we develop trust in basic goodness, we can begin to discover the confidence and personal energy to go forward on the journey. Joining gentleness with discipline leads to a sense of joy. The mahayana teachings on compassion can become the inspiration for a life of bravery and freedom from doubt.

We are offering this course in a slightly expanded format (relative to the JIEL class) intended to be more accessible to students.  The “every other week” schedule allows for more time to soak in the teachings and contemplation practices in a less demanding time frame.  The classes are revised to allow drop-in attendance for any or all of the classes.  Please note, however, that full attendance of all sessions is both optimal for learning and enables the participant to have formal credit for the program as a prerequisite for future classes.

Fee per class session at the door is $20, but registration on the webpage for all six sessions can be had for a discounted $100. 

The next sessions with links to their individual webpages for content description and single session ($20) registration button are:

July 22 – Awakened Heart

In this second session, we investigate the shift from the Hinayana path to the Mahayana, where turn to open to the suffering of others, to touch into and cultivate our bodhichitta, our awakened heart.  The contemplation of the first of the Four Immeasurables is introduced, loving-kindness.

August 5 – The Trap of Doubt

August 19 – Compassion in Action, Part 1

September 1 – Compassion in Action, Part 2

September 15 – The Joy of Discipline

Generosity Policy applies:  The Birmingham Shambhala Center does not wish restricted finances ever to interfere with one’s ability to receive the teachings. 

  • If paying the full price presents an obstacle to your participation, please use the "Pay what you can" option for registering, filling in the box with the price you are paying.  You can pay online with PayPal or a credit/debit card, or pay the amount at the door.
  • If you need to arrange a payment plan, please make arrangements prior to the programby contacting Nick Buckner at [email protected]g.
  • For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “patron price”.Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.