Program Details

Who am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Douglas Toth
January 31 / 7:30 PM - March 14 / 9:00 PM

This course offers a six-session journey around the question “Who Am I?” The intention is to invite people of any background to join into a genuine process of contemplative inquiry. How can we even ask this question, and explore it in a way that leads to some real experiential understanding? The container and orientation for this journey is the notion of basic goodness. In this case, it means that we adopt an attitude of gentleness and openness toward ourselves, as opposed to assuming that there is already a basic problem or something to be fixed. Meditation practice is used as a way to contact and express that kind of mind. There will be different contemplative and dialogue exercises. Buddhist teachings on how our sense of self arises moment by moment will be offered as reference point.

This course is part of the Basic Goodness Series, a new addition to the Shambhala curriculum. This series of three six-session courses have been designed under the supervision of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to offer an experiential approach to the core Shambhala teachings on basic goodness and enlightened society. They explore sequentially the basic goodness of self, of others and society, and of reality altogether. They are defined around these questions: Who Am I? How Can I Help? What Is Real?

A nine-minute video presentation of these three courses, by Acharya Adam Lobel, the main architect of this curriculum, is available at this link:

This first course is open to everyone. It is meant to be welcoming for new students as well as nourishing for more experienced meditators.

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