Program Details

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society

with Jeffrey Stevens
January 14 / 7:00 PM - February 25 / 9:00 PM

This new course is part of the Way of Shambhala Year Two (WOS II) curriculum.

Special Note: As of Jan 7, 2013, the prerequisites for this course have changed. Please read further:

Prerequisites: 'Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human' ... or completion of "Shambhala Training Level I - the Art of Being Human" ... or ... completion of "Way of Shambhala I - CONTENTMENT in Everyday Life" ... or ... graduates of previous paths, including MI's, teachers, etc.

This course focuses on relationship and society. It is an exploration of the nature of society and what it might mean to help our world. Teachings focus on bodhichitta, communication, virtue and how society arises as an expression of interconnectedness. Participants will learn the practice of Tonglen, "sending and taking".

The class size will be limited to 40, so please register below.

Note: There will be no class Monday, February 11, 2013 as we celebrate Shambhala Day - Year of the Water Snake. Please join us during Shambhala Day for special time with our local and international community!


'Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human' is the first of three new courses called the BASIC GOODNESS SERIES. Each course runs for 6 classes. The second course is called 'How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society', and the third course is entitled 'What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality'. These courses are interactive and aspire to create a learning environment where the teachings are intimate, and also relevant to the times in which we live.

In general, the BASIC GOODNESS SERIES presents Shambhala and Buddhist teachings in an experiencial way, with an emphasis on understanding the view and meaning of these teachings. This series is a powerful journey through the complete view and experience of basic goodness - our personal experience, our experience with others, and our relationship with the reality of life itself.

STAFFING: If you've completed 'Who Am I? the Basic Goodness of Being Human', we invite you to volunteer to help staff this program! It also is recommended [but not required] to have taken the Shambhala "View of staffing/coordinating" training. In Denver, this was held in April 2011 with Barbara Smith and in December 2011 with Michael Levy, but it has been offered at other Shambhala Centers, too. If you're interested in staffing this Basic Goodness program, please contact Lokken Liane ( or sign up via SMCD's Volunteer webpage here.

About Shastri Jeffrey Stevens:

A longtime student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Jeffrey began studying and practicing the Shambhala Buddhist path in 1992. He has an academic background in philosophy, anthropology, and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. His occasionally humorous teaching style emphasizes a precise understanding of the mechanics of meditation, and he encourages students to articulate what they have learned with each new step in their education. In his professional life, he is a founding partner of August Wealth Group, a financial management company. He serves as Shastri, a senior teacher of the Shambhala tradition, at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver.

Generosity Policy: We are pleased so many people have been able to attend previous programs by taking advantage of SMCD's Generosity Policy over the years. If you are interested in continuing with the Way of Shambhala Year Two (WOS II) curriculum, we want you to know that the Generosity Policy is available to Members of SMCD for these programs -- this is a change as of August 2012.

If you are a member of Shambhala (SMCD or another Center or Group), please contemplate how much you can offer and give more or the suggested amount above based on your individual circumstances. The suggested program price reflects our costs to offer the program. Our generosity policy supports individuals who have special circumstances and need to "pay-what-you-can" due to financial hardship. To take advantage of our generosity policy, please contact us in advance of this Program at: Thank you!

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