Program Details

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society POSTPONED


with Pamela Bothwell & Marcy Fink
May 3 / 7:30 PM - May 5 / 6:00 PM

This program has been postponed until a future date. Please check back for more information.


Work study is available; no-one will be turned away due to lack of funds


In this weekend of practice and study, we ask the question, “How can I help?” and explore 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), work and professional life, entertainment, and economy. We explore the bodhisattva warrior commitment to becoming brave and skillful for the benefit of both ourselves and others, and learn the traditional mahayana practice of “sending and taking” (tonglen).


The weekend retreat includes meditation instruction and practice, talks and group discussion, study time, and an opportunity to relax together and explore our feelings about being part of and helping this world.  Light breakfasts and lunch on Saturday will be provided.  On Sunday participants are encouraged to explore the outdoors and enjoy the local farmers’ market at lunchtime.



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 itself.  “How Can I Help?” is the second course in the three part series which may be taken in any order.


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