Program Details

NEW! What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality


with David Sable
May 6 / 7:00 PM - June 17 / 9:00 PM

This third and final course of the Basic Goodness Series asks the question, “What is real?” and explores various approaches to it. How do we know what is real? How might we begin to ask this question in a way that is meaningful for our everyday lives? In this course, we will present a number of views from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, including interdependence, exploring the display of reality, the role of mind in perception, and the teachings on emptiness and sacredness. There is an emphasis on the sacredness of the elemental, natural ecosystem.


Prerequisite: Anyone who has completed any of the following classes is warmly invited to register;



  • Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human or

  • How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society or

  • Contentment in Everyday Life or

  • Shambhala Training Level 1 or

  • is a graduate of the previous paths


Please note: There will be no class on Victoria Day, May 20th.


** Directors, Assistant Directors, and MI's are warmly encouraged to attend this course and can register at the discounted tuition of 50%. In the comments section of your registration please indicate that you would like to take advantage of this offer.




David Sable, PhD, was trained and authorized in 1975 as a meditation teacher by the renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Chogyam Trungpa, served as the Director of the Washington, DC Shambhala Center for eight years, and continues to teach in Halifax, where he was appointed as a Shastri (senior teacher) by the Sakyong in 2010.  Outside Shambhala Centers, David is a training and education consultant who specializes in applying mindfulness practices to listening, inquiry and dialogue as tools for research and innovation.  He has led interactive and engaging workshops in this specialty for the Young Presidents Organization, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Authentic Leadership in Action Institute (ALIA), the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in Canada, and most recently, Credit Suisse in the U.S.  David is also a part-time professor at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has presented his own research on the impacts of reflective practices on learning at numerous academic conferences, published several peer-reviewed journal articles, and contributed a chapter for a textbook on Transformative Learning in Online Education.

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