Program Details

Way of Shambhala: How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society


with Anandi Gefroh & Rayna Jacobson
September 9 / 7:00 PM - October 14 / 9:00 PM

Part of the Basic Goodness Series




Prerequisite: Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human




The second course explores our relationships with others, an aspiration to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation through asking the question “How can I help?”. 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).


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Anandi Gefroh has been a Shambhala student for over 30 years. She studied under the direction of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche until his death in 1987 and since then has continued under the guidance of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Anandi has been an active member of the Portland Shambhala community since 2001, working in both administrative and teaching positions. Anandi is the proprietor of Karuna Meditation Supplies which sells meditation cushions locally and is also a professional singer and songwriter.


Rayna Jacobson has been a student of Shambhala since 1976, when she first met Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, and is now a student of Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche. She moved to Portland in 1984, and has been teaching since that time. Currently, she holds the title of Shastri, a position empowered by the Sakyong to guide the local teachers and curriculum. In her professional and personal life, she is an acupuncturist, and lives with her husband, dog, and two cats in Northeast Portland.

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