Program Details

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Jerry Webster & Christian Gregory & Chris Montone
October 23 / 7:00 PM - December 11 / 9:00 PM

Tuesday, October 30 class is cancelled due to storm.

This program is full! 

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human is the first of three courses that comprise the new Basic Goodness Series.

This 6-week course explores the sense of self.  It includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego and cocoon, buddha nature, and the confidence of warriorship.  It also includes the contemplation practices focused on investigating the self, based on the Foundations of Mindfulness.

Prerequisites:  The first course has no prerequisites and is open to everyone.

We strongly recommend that new participants first receive basic meditation instruction during a Shambhala Training Level I Weekend Retreat or a Learn to Meditate session. It would also be good if a student has completed a Meditation in Everyday Life course before entering the Basic Goodness Series.

The new Basic Goodness Series is comprised of three courses oriented toward universal questions that have arisen in some form in most cultures and traditions throughout human history.  The courses explore these questions by providing 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.  The courses are:

  • Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

  • How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society

  • What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality

The Basic Goodness Series presents teachings in an experiential way, with an emphasis on understanding the view and meaning of these teachings and how they can be applied to our lives.  These courses are intended to create learning communities where people can come together and reflect on their own experience and the world.

The Basic Goodness Series is designed to be meaningful and enriching to both newer and seasoned practitioners.  Although this may be the first series of courses taken by newer students, for many this series is the next step after completing the Everyday Life courses, and for others it will be part of more advanced study and practice. 

Sacred Path Students:  Participating in the Basic Goodness Series is highly recommended, as completing the three courses in this series, along with the Sacred Path weekend retreats, will be considered preparation for Enlightened Society Assembly (Sutrayana Seminary), and is therefore, also a prerequisite for Warrior Assembly and Sacred World Assembly.

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