Program Details

Who am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human [6 classes]

with Susan Chapman
December 6 / 7:00 PM - January 17 / 9:00 PM

This Course is Now Full. 

This new course focuses on the sense of self.  It includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego and the 5 skandhas, cocoon, buddha nature, and the confidence of warriorship.  We will practice contemplative investigations of the self based upon the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness. This course is open to everyone.

Generosity policy applies ~ you may pay less than the set price of $100 if necessary, or more if inspired to support the Vancouver Shambhala Centre’s activities.


'Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human' is the first of three new courses collectively called the BASIC GOODNESS SERIES. This series is oriented towards universal questions that have arisen in some form thoughout human history, in most cultures and traditions. 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 intended to create learning communities where people can come together and reflect on their own experience and the world.

In general 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.  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.

These three courses need to be taken in sequence. Each course consists of six classes.

Both newer and seasoned practitioners will find these courses meaningful and enriching.

People already engaged in the Way of Shambhala should note the Basic Goodness Series will also be considered preparation for Enlightened Society Assembly (Sutrayana Seminary), and is therefore, also a pre-requisite for Warrior Assembly and Sacred World Assembly.

Please DO NOT register for this course, as the course is now full. If you are interested in being placed on a waitlist, please contact Susan Furlong at We will contact you after the first class. 

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