Program Details

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human


with Noel McLellan
October 21 / 7:00 PM - November 25 / 9:00 PM

This course offers a six-session journey around the question “Who Am I?” The intention is to invite people of any background to join into a genuine process of contemplative inquiry. How can we even ask this question, and explore it in a way that leads to some real experiential understanding? The container and orientation for this journey is the notion of basic goodness. In this case, it means that we adopt an attitude of gentleness and openness toward ourselves, as opposed to assuming that there is already a basic problem or something to be fixed. Meditation practice is used as a way to contact and express that kind of mind. There will be different contemplative and dialogue exercises. Buddhist teachings on how our sense of self arises moment by moment will be offered as reference point.


This first course is open to everyone. It is meant to be welcoming for new students as well as nourishing for more experienced meditators.


Open to everyone.


* Directors, Assistant Directors, and MI's are warmly encouraged to attend this course and can register at the discounted tuition of 50%. In the comments section of your registration please indicate that you would like to take advantage of this offer.



Noel McLellan is a second generation Shambhala practitioner and has been studying the way of meditation for over 20 years. He has worked as a personal assistant to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the leader of Shambhala, travelling with him throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Noel is an acharya, a senior Shambhala teacher. He lives in Halifax with his wife and two young children, and he teaches middle and high school English and History.


About the Basic Goodness Series


This course is part of the Basic Goodness Series, a new addition to the Shambhala curriculum. This series of three six-session courses have been designed under the supervision of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to offer an experiential approach to the core Shambhala teachings on basic goodness and enlightened society. They explore the basic goodness of self, of others and society, and of reality altogether. They are defined around these questions: Who Am I? How Can I Help? What Is Real?

A nine-minute video about these three courses, by Acharya Adam Lobel, the main architect of this curriculum, is available to watch by clicking here.


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

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