Program Details

Basic Goodness of Society: How Can I Help?

with Frank Johns
March 19 / 7:00 PM - April 23 / 9:00 PM


This second course in the 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).

In general the BASIC GOODNESS SERIES presents teachings in an experiential way, with an emphasis on understanding the view and meaning of these teachings, and how they can be applied to our lives.  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.

Much of the material in this course has not be presented in Calgary before in any previous courses or in meditation weekend intensives and marks a shift in our emphasis on how we present Shambhala core teachings. This course (and the one previous that we presented in the fall, the Basic Goodness of Humanity) and the next course (Basic Goodness of Reality) are in support of Sakyong Mipham's new book, Shambhala Principle: Discovering Humanity's Hidden Treasure (to be published on May 7). We tested this shift out at the Level 1/2 (Feb 22-24) we just completed at Mount Royal University and the response was quite strong and positive.

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