Program Details

What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality


with Rayna Jacobson & David Parker
November 11 / 7:00 PM - December 16 / 9:00 PM

Course 3 of the Basic Goodness Series




Prerequisite: How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society




The third course focuses on a study of the phenomenal world by asking the question “What is Real?”. It emphasizes some of the core Buddhist teachings, such as impermanence, the process of perception, the "mind," and emptiness.  It is oriented towards the experience of sacred world, the magic and wonder of the natural elements.  There is an ecological element to the class.


50% Repeat program discount | See our Generosity Policy


If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Abbey Pleviak.


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.


David Parker is grateful to the patient students of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, including his current teacher, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, who helped a skeptical beginner start a regular meditation practice in Boston 25 years ago, and led him step by step under his own power into a larger view.  He has been active in the Portland Shambhala Center since he moved here almost 20 years ago, and is currently a teacher in training, a meditation instructor, and coordinator of the Tuesday night open house talks.  He works part time as a scientist and professor at OHSU, where he and his students study how the cells of the immune system communicate with each other using mice and mouse cells in tissue culture.

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