Program Details

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society (evening course)

with Jason Ruvelson & Rick Merrill
January 24 / 7:00 PM - February 28 / 9:00 PM

How Can I Help?  The Basic Goodness of Society: This six-week course 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” (tonglen).

This is the second course in the pilot courses, collectively called the BASIC GOODNESS SERIES. The Basic Goodness Series presents Shambhala and Buddhist teachings in an experiential way, with an emphasis on understanding the view and meaning of these teachings. 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.

Six Thursday evenings, Jan. 24-Feb. 28, 7-9pm. Teachers:  Jason Ruvelson and Rick Merrill.

Pre-Requisite:  Who am I: The Basic Goodness of Being Human.

Cost: $72 for six classes; generosity policy applies (see below for more details).

The Basic Goodness Series
Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human is the first of three new courses called the Basic Goodness Series. These three courses need to be taken in sequence. 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 interactive and aspire to create a learning environment where the teachings are intimate, and also relevant to the times in which we live.


* Generosity Policy

The Bellingham Shambhala Center is a non-profit organization supported entirely by the generosity of its members, program participants, the energy of its volunteers and its donors.

Our program tuitions are set at a level needed to support the Center. However, it is our commitment that no one be prevented from participating in our programs due to financial constraints.

Please help us continue to bring these teachings to the world by offering the most you can afford. If you have the means to help offset the cost of another's fee, we graciously encourage you to offer a higher tuition for a program. By being generous in this way you join us in offering these teachings to everyone regardless of their ability to pay the full tuition.

If the tuition for a program presents an obstacle to your participation, we trust your judgment; for most programs, you may offer whatever level of tuition is workable for your situation. Contact our Resident Director, Kellyanna Dalton, prior to the start day of the program to pre-arrange a tuition that will allow you to attend.


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