Program Details

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Matthew Lyon & Ben Hines
April 8 / 6:30 PM - May 13 / 9:00 PM

This course asks the question, "Who am I?" and explores the sense of self. It includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego and cocoon, the five skandhas (form, feeling, perception, formation and consciousness), buddha-nature, and the confidence of warriorship.

We will practice contemplative investigations of the self, based on the foundations of mindfulness. This course involves a mix of meditation, talks, experiences, dialogues and discussion. The fresh approach will provide insight for both long time and new students of Shambhala Buddhism.

This is the first course in the "Basic Goodness" series of the Way of Shambhala path of training. Intended for both new and seasoned meditators, the Basic Goodness series introduces the view of Shambhala in an experiential way. Note: the Basic Goodness series is a new series of classes, and is now a prerequisite for both the Sacred Path series and for Enlightened Society Assembly (ESA).

Prerequisites: None. This program is open to everyone, but we recommend that participants receive meditation instruction in advance at one of our public sittings in which meditation instruction is offered.

Location: Seattle Shambhala Center, 3107 E Harrison St, Seattle.

Class Limit: 40; Current Status: FULL/Closed

Registration and Payment: Program will open for registration six weeks prior to start of class. Please consider registering and paying online in advance to guarantee your seat and to receive any pre-class information. By doing so you help the Shambhala Center to plan effectively for staffing, food, and material needs. It is also an act of generosity, as it greatly reduces the volunteers' work for bookkeeping, handling money, and trips to the bank. This is greatly appreciated. You may pay by credit card through PayPal (it is not necessary to have a PayPal account) or by mailing a check to the center.

For Questions with respect to:
This Program: contact Randy Jeter,
Registration: contact David Tallent,
Generosity and work/study credit: contact Ryan Reilly,

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