Program Details

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human, taught online by Kalapa Acharya Adam Lobel

with Joanne Henn & Susan Keeley & Deborah Hoskins
April 17 / 7:00 PM - May 22 / 9:00 PM

$100 Regular Price/$85 Member/$65 Student and Senior

The classes will be facilitated locally by Deborah Hoskins, Sue Keeley and Joanne Henn.

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human is the first of three new courses collectively called the BASIC GOODNESS SERIES. This first course asks the question, "Who am I?" and focuses on the sense of self.   It explores 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 Four 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.

There is no prerequisite. This course is offered as a public program, and all are welcome.   (The program consists of six classes and for students of the Way of Shambhala, all six classes need to be attended.)

Registration: Please consider registering and paying online to reserve your seat and to receive any pre-class information. By doing so you greatly help us plan effectively for staffing and material needs.

* Generosity Policy Applies - You may pay less than the published prices if necessary, as we prefer that money not be an obstacle to anyone accessing these teachings; or you can pay more if inspired to support Santa Rosa Shambhala's activities.

For questions about the program or to arrange a payment choice other than the published price, please contact Anna Marie Ketelsen <>


The BASIC GOODNESS SERIES is part of the 'Way of Shambhala' path of training. This series is oriented towards universal questions that have arisen in some form throughout human history, in most cultures and traditions. After 'Who am I?' The Basic Goodness of Being Human, the second course in the series is 'How Can I Help?' The Basic Goodness of Society', and the third course is 'What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality'. These three courses need to be taken in sequence. Each course consists of six classes. 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.  Intended for both new and seasoned meditators, 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 itself.  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).

If you would like to hear a little more about these courses in advance or to sample Acharya Adam Lobel's style of teaching, here's a link to an article in the Shambhala Times on the Basic Goodness series which includes a nine minute video talk by Acharya Lobel on the series (you will need QuickTime 7 to view):

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