Wisdom in Everyday Life

John Rockwell

Individual: $99
Patron: $149 The Patron rate helps us offer our generosity policy to those in need.

Meditation sharpens our intelligence and uncovers our wisdom. When we touch the world directly, we discover ordinary magic. No longer deterred or depressed by obstacles, we can include everything as part of the path and play with whatever arises. The challenges and richness of daily life become opportunities for both contemplative practice and social and ecological action.

Course Reading List

Ruling Your World: Ancient Strategies for Modern Life, Sakyong Mipham, Harmony, 2006

Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Chögyam Trungpa, Shambhala Publications, 2010

Journey without Goal: The Tantric Wisdom of the Buddha, Chögyam Trungpa, Shambhala Publications, 2010

About Our Courses

The Way of Shambhala courses are designed for those who don’t live near a Shambhala Center, or who need a particular course in order to continue on the path. Each course in the series features a senior Shambhala teacher.

When Does the Class Meet?

The course is asynchronous. You may view the recorded talks at your convenience. The recommended schedule is to view one talk each week and complete the associated readings and exercises in the module. There are 5 talks.

How Much Time Does it Take?

Most participants spend 1 to 2 hours per week on the course. The talks average 45 minutes in length. Allow yourself time to do the readings, meditation practices and other assignments. It’s a good idea to schedule the time on your calendar as you would for a face-to-face class.

Prerequisites: Fearlessness in Everyday Life


Shambhala Training Levels I-IV are recommended, but not required, prerequisites for this course.

Teachers and Faculty

John Rockwell read Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism in 1975, and was amazed by the clearest description of confusion he had ever read. He met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche shortly after and became his student. As a member of the Nalanda Translation Committee, he worked closely Trungpa Rinpoche on translations of The Rain of WisdomThe Life of Marpa, and other texts. He received a M.A. in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University and began teaching there, eventually as a core faculty member in Buddhist Studies. He also taught at the Ngedön School in Boulder for many years, and he travels internationally to teach.

Individual: $99
Patron: $149 The Patron rate helps us offer our generosity policy to those in need.