Program Details

Who am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Jim O'Neill & Richard Bleckman
January 8 / 7:30 PM - February 12 / 9:00 PM

'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 we can come together and reflect on our 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.

In addition to welcoming us into an experience of the wakefulness and dignity of being human, the Basic Goodness Series is also describing the underlying understanding of a social revolution. Shambhala vision is not limited to individual awakening; it is a vision for human society and “shifting” human history.

This first 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, a core teaching from the Buddhist tradition.

The three courses of the Basic Goodness Series need to be taken in sequence. Each course consists of six classes. Open to all. Both newer and seasoned practitioners could find these courses meaningful and enriching. This course will be taught by Jim O'Neill.

Jim O'Neill is a long-term student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and has been appointed by the Sakyong as a 'shastri', or senior teacher. He also works full time as a psychoanalyst.

Dates: 8, 15, 22 & 29 January and 5 & 12 February 2013

The next course in the Basic Goodness Series is ‘How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society’, which starts on 14 May 2013 for 6 consecutive Tuesday evenings.

Timings: 7.30-9.30pm

Cost: £60* (early bird discount £50 for registration prior to 1 January 2013) £40 Concession, available by prior application in accordance with our concession policy, these are not available on the night.

* Directors, Assistant Directors, and MI's are warmly encouraged to attend this course and can register at the discounted tuition of 50%

To pre-register please send a deposit of £20 payable to: 'The London Shambhala Meditation Centre' c/o London Shambhala Meditation Centre, 27 Belmont Close, London, SW4 6AY

Note to Sacred path students: Although there are no prerequisites, this is the new required series for those continuing on the Sacred Path (also known as Way of Shambhala II). 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.

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