Program Details

The Basic Goodness of Society - How can I help?

with Mark Duggan & Mimi Valiulis & Jim Norton
November 12 / 8:00 PM - December 17 / 10:00 PM

The Basic Goodness Series is an introduction to the view of Shambhala, taught in an experiential way. It is open to all and there are no pre-requisites

 The Basic Goodness Series is comprised of 3 courses.  Each course has a question and a title. 

1. Who am I?  The Basic Goodness of Being Human  [6 classes]

2. How can I help?  The Basic Goodness of Society [6 classes]

3. What is Real?  The Basic Goodness of Reality [6 classes]

This second course 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).

The Course will run for six weeks on Tues nights from 8-10pm.  It is not necessary to have attended the ealier course 'Who Am I?' as each course runs as a standalone course.

This is an exciting new series offered by Shambhala and coincides with the recent publication of the ‘The Shambhala Principle’ written by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

‘Humanity is at a crossroads. One direction leads to increased speed, aggression, and fear, with devastating consequences for our society and environment. Alternatively, there is a path that leads to a renewed sense of confidence, worthiness, and well-being. It leads to care and kindness, revitalizing our connection with each other and with our planet. At the crossroads of these two directions lies the Shambhala principle of basic goodness and creating enlightened society.’

                                  Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, (The Shambhala Principle)




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