Program Details

How can I help? The Basic Goodness of Society

with Mary Campbell
January 27 / 7:00 PM - March 3 / 9:00 PM

This course in the Basic Goodness Series asks the question, “How can I help?” and 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” (tong len).

NEW! Open to everyone
The recommended preparation for this course is The Basic Goodness of Being Human; plus Meditation in Everyday Life, or Contentment in Everyday Life, or Shambhala Training Level I Weekend Retreat. That being said, it's also fine to begin here with The Basic Goodness of Society.

** Directors, Assistant Directors, MIs and Shambhala Guides 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.


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 is strongly encouraged before Enlightened Society Assembly (formerly Sutrayana Seminary), and a pre-requisite for Warrior Assembly and Sacred World Assembly.**

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