Program Details

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society

with Gayle Van Gils
March 6 / 6:45 PM - April 10 / 8:30 PM

Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level I or Contentment In Everyday Life

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".


'How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society' is the second of three new pilot courses collectively called the BASIC GOODNESS SERIES. These three courses need to be taken in sequence. The first course is called 'Who am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human', 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 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.

Generosity policy applies. Please contact Paula Bickford ( for questions about program costs.

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