Program Details

How Can I Help? - The Basic Goodness of Society

with Alice Haspray
March 25 / 8:30 AM - March 30 / 5:00 PM

St. John’s Shambhala Group Spring Retreat:




March 25th – March 30th – 120 Lemarchant Road

 Following up on our highly popular fall program, “Who Am I”, led by Acharya Moh Hardin, comes the next step on the program path, offered by Shastri Alice Haspray and senior teacher Richard Haspray.

This second course in the Basic Goodness Series asks the question, “How Can I Help?”  The course 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).


Basic Schedule (details to come)

  • 8:30-5 – sitting practice, silence, instruction from the teacher

  • 7-9 – talks and or other practice sessions

Friday and Saturday may have talks by the teacher during the daytime.

Please bring your own lunch for your mid-day meal--we will eat on the cushion in contemplative style.    Suppers are on your own.


This class is open to anyone who has taken either Who Am I, Shambhala Heart of Warriorship Level I, or Contentment in Everyday Life.

 People already engaged in the Way of Shambhala should note the Basic Goodness Series will also be considered preparation for Enlightened Society Assembly (Sutrayana Seminary), and is therefore, also a pre-requisite for Warrior Assembly and Sacred World Assembly.


Since this is a required course you must attend all talks to progress to the next level. 

It is also requested that if you are doing the daytimes and must leave for a reason or arrive late, please do so on a meal break so as not to disturb the container of practice.

 If you attend the full week (days and evenings) it will be considered a weekthun and count towards a dathun (month long practice).

Suggested Readings

Chogyam Tungpa, Work, Sex, Money   Chapters 1-15

Pema Chodron, The Places That Scare You, Chapter 9, “Tonglen”

The Treatise on Enlightened Society by Sakyong Mipham

Some of these readings can be found on line through iTunes.  As alternatives, you could order the books or borrow from a fellow sangha member. We have a few copies in our library but they may be out.


            $10.00 for Monday’s Nyintun (day of practice – no teacher)

$25.00 for an evening session

                        $40.00 for a full day

                        $180.00 for the full retreat

The St. John's Shambhala Group is a non-profit organization supported by donations, program fees, and the energy of many volunteers. Our program fees are needed to cover the costs of programs and help us to continue to provide space for practice and learning. We welcome participants to pay more or less than the suggested amounts, as they are able. We trust your judgment; please offer what you feel is appropriate for your situation. Please help us bring these precious teachings into the world by offering the most you can afford. Your generosity and gratitude for these teachings allows us to offer them to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.


Please register in advance so we know how many to expect!


For more information, please contact George

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