Program Details

What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality (Westside)

with Pamela Bothwell
August 2 / 7:30 PM - August 4 / 5:00 PM

This course, one of three in the Basic Goodness Series, asks the question, “What is real?” and explores various approaches to it. How do we know what is real? How might we begin to ask this question in a way that is meaningful for our everyday lives? In this course, we will present a number of views from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, including interdependence, exploring the display of reality, the role of mind in perception, and the teachings on emptiness and sacredness. There is an emphasis on the sacredness of the elemental, natural ecosystem.

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.

 Prerequisite:  Completion of any one of the following programs: 

  • Shambhala Training Level One

  • Contentment in Everday Life

  • Who Am I?  The Basic Goodness of Being Human (the first course in the Basic Goodness Series)

  • How Can I Help?  The Basic Goodness of Society (the second course in the Basic Goodness Series)

Shastri Pamela Bothwell first encountered the Dharma at Tail of the Tiger (Karme Chöling Buddhist Contemplative Center) in Vermont in 1973. She has served as co-director of the New York Shambhala Center; Head of Practice and Study at Karme-Chöling; Head of Study at the San Francisco Shambhala Center; Ambassador to the Los Angeles Shambhala Center; and Co-Director of the Los Angeles Shambhala Center. A retired attorney who has been married for over 30 years, Shastri Bothwell is the mother of three young adults.  In 2010, she was appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as Shastri for Los Angeles.


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