Develop your innate capacity for kindness and wisdom, living in a way that brings peace and well-being to yourself and everyone around you. Each session will focus on a human quality (such as patience, generosity, and gratitude) that results in beneficial ways of thinking, acting, and relating to others. We will also discuss how these qualities can bring meaning and purpose to your life. Sessions begin with a short teaching explaining why and how to cultivate our good qualities, followed by a guided meditation, and ending with a discussion in which participants will have the opportunity to discuss situations from daily life.

A children’s program will be offered at the same time with age-appropriate activities corresponding to the adult’s program. This allows families with young children to attend and learn activities they can practice together at home.

Living a Happy Life is largely based on the 16 Guidelines, profound qualities that take us to the heart of what it means to be a caring and fulfilled human being. Find out more at


Please register below. You may also register at the door.



$20 to help support direct costs, including space rental, Dharma materials, and administration.

Shantideva Members: $18

(Member discounts will be applied automatically if you have transferred your membership to MindBody. If you need assistance doing this, please contact [email protected].)



Jennifer Kim has studied Buddhism for over a decade and is passionate about making teachings accessible and relevant for people who don’t wish to adhere to a religious or spiritual system. She has worked for Shantideva Center since 2010 and has served as its director among various roles. She also lived and studied at Vajrapani Institute, a retreat center, for two years and has attended numerous teachings and retreats. Jennifer is a certified trainer and manages US operations for Potential Project, which teaches mindfulness along with its practical applications and related scientific research to leaders and organizations. She received her B.A. in cognitive psychology from Columbia University in 2001 and was certified as a life coach with the Empowerment Institute in 2005. Jennifer is a native New Yorker.


Helen Park (LMSW) is a meditation teacher and family therapist specializing in integrative approaches for children, couples, and families. She is currently a Postgraduate Extern at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and is certified in Contemplative Psychotherapy from the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science where she also serves as meditation teaching faculty for the Mindful Families & Schools program. In addition to facilitating meditation sessions with Shantideva Center and at Tibet House US, Helen also provides individualized meditation mentoring for couples and families.