Program Details

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society Six-Week Course

with Alan Schwartz
January 15 / 7:00 PM - February 19 / 9:00 PM

This program 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 Basic Goodness Series
Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human is the first of three new courses called the Basic Goodness Series. These three courses need to be taken in sequence. 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.

At least one of the following classes:
- Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human
- Shambhala Training Level 1: The Art of Being Human
- Contentment in Everyday Life
- or a Graduate of previously defined Shambhala Training paths 

Acharya Alan SchwartzAcharya Alan Schwartz became a student of Shambhala in 1970, when Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche first arrived and began to teach in North America. For four years he resided at Karme Choling and Maitri, both newly-founded meditation communities, until taking up residence in Boulder, where he founded numerous businesses.

In the 1980's, Alan served for five years as the principal executive officer of four 3-month seminary programs. It was during this period that he received his "basic training", working closely with Chogyam Trungpa on these seminal teaching events. During that time he  was also appointed to serve as teacher-in-residence to Shambhala's San Francisco community, which he did for nine years. In 2010 he was appointed a Shastri, and appointed an Acharya in 2012. In 1989 Alan married Kerry Golemon Schwartz. They have raised two children, and continue to teach actively in the Bay Area under the guidance of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Alan is particularly inspired to serve under Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's leadership and is inspired by his vision for social transformation, and in particular the application of profound Shambhala Buddhist teachings in areas of worldly impact, such as working with the energy of business and wealth, and transforming materialism to activity which benefits society.

$130 preregistration
$150 at the door
Membership discounts apply. For financial aid or work-study please contact Mery, volunteer [at] sfshambhala [dot] org at least a week in advance. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Brad: bradcazden [at] gmail [dot] com


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