Program Details

Who Am I?

with Pamela Bothwell
April 5 / 7:00 PM - April 7 / 5:00 PM

Our assumptions about our own identity are often based on hope and fear, rather than on a deep appreciation for our inherent worthiness. This course explores the way we ask the question “Who Am I?” and the habits that inform the way we define ourselves. Join us for an exploration of who we think we are individually, culturally and as a society.

This course focuses on the sense of self. It includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego, the obstacles obscuring our truly good nature, and the confidence of warriorship. It also includes the practices of mindfulness/awareness meditation and contemplation, investigating the self based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

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

When            Friday, April 5 – 7PM - 9 PM

             Saturday, April 6 - 8:30 AM -5 PM

             Sunday, April 7 – 8:30 AM – 5 PM

 Suggested donation:  $100 general public; $70 members   A generosity policy applies to those unable to pay the full fee.  We welcome your participation at whatever price you can manage.  Please indicate in the comments section what you can afford when registering online.

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Shastri Pamela Bothwell first encountered the Dharma at Tail of the Tiger (Karme Chöling Buddhist Contemplative Center) in Vermont in 1973. She has served as co-director of the New York Shambhala Center; Head of Practice and Study at Karme-Chöling; Head of Study at the San Francisco Shambhala Center; Ambassador to the Los Angeles Shambhala Center; and Co-Director of the Los Angeles Shambhala Center. In 2010, she was appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as Shastri for Los Angeles.

'Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human' is the first of three new courses collectively called the BASIC GOODNESS SERIES. These three courses need to be taken in sequence. 'Who Am I' is a pre-requisite for the second course which is called 'How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society'. Both programs are required for the third course, which is entitled 'What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality'. These courses are interactive and aspire to create a learning environment where the teachings are intimate, and also relevant to the times in which we live.

In general the BASIC GOODNESS SERIES presents Shambhala and Buddhist teachings in an experiential way, with an emphasis on understanding the view and meaning of these teachings.  This series is a powerful journey through the complete view and experience of basic goodness - our personal experience, our experience with others, and our relationship with the reality of life.

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