Program Details

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society

with Jerry Webster & Jonathan Kirkendall & Scott Perkins
January 22 / 7:00 PM - February 26 / 9:00 PM

This second course in the new Basic Goodness Series asks the question, “How can I help?” and explores our relationships with others, what it might mean to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation.  We look at a Shambhala understanding of society and what enlightened society may be.  Is society something that is ultimately confused, or is there goodness in human society?

The course includes teachings on “bodhichitta,” communication, virtue, and how society arises as an expression of interconnectedness. We also work with the traditional mahayana practice of tonglen, "sending and taking."

Prerequisites - Completion of any one of the following:

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human;
Shambhala Training Level I or higher;
Contentment in Everyday Life of higher;
Completion of previous Shambhala paths.

Please Note:  Completion of the Basic Goodness Series will be considered part of preparation for Enlightened Society Assembly (“Sutrayana Seminary”), and therefore also will be a prerequisite for other advanced programs including Warrior Assembly and Sacred World Assembly.

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, which are taken in sequence, 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

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