Program Details

Who am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Gayle Van Gils
October 24 / 6:45 PM - November 28 / 8:30 PM

Who am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human with Shastri Gayle Van Gils

We are offering a new course this fall - the first course in the Basic Goodness Series, which elegantly and effectively combines the Shambhala view with the nuts and bolts of Buddhist psychology.   

The course's title, "Who Am I?"  captures our human longing to understand and accept ourselves.  In this heart-centered class, we will form a learning community, and explore the subjects of basic goodness, selflessness, the five skandhas (form, feeling, perception, formation and consciousness) and Buddha nature. This course will be powerful, with a mix of meditation, talks, experiences, dialogues and discussion.  The fresh approach will provide insight for both long time and new students of Shambhala Buddhism.  



There are three new courses, collectively 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.' Each course consists of six classes. These courses are interactive and aspire to create a learning environment where the teachings are intimate and relevant to the times in which we live.

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.

This course is open to all.


Generosity policy applies to this program. Please contact Paula Bickford ( for questions regarding costs.

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