Program Details

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society

with John Fox
March 7 / 6:30 PM - April 25 / 9:00 PM

This is the second course in the Basic Goodness Series, which focuses on Enlightened Society. This course is open to everyone who has completed either the course "Contentment in Everyday Life" or "Shambhala Training: Level 1." 

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.


This second course in the series asks the question, “How can I help?” and explores our relationships with others, an aspiration 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 focuses on transforming four aspects of society:  relations with family (household), professional life, entertainment, and economy. We learn the traditional mahayana practice of “sending and taking” (tong len).

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.

There are three courses in the series that 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.

Registration: starts on the first day of the course at 6.30pm

The number of participants are limited, so please register soon!

There is no class on April 4th due to Trungpa Rinpoche's Paranirvana Celebration.
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