Program Details

Who Am I? - The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Ciprian Iancu
November 1 / 7:00 PM - November 3 / 6:00 PM

This program is now closed to online registration. Please call 212-675-6544 to register.


This weekend retreat poses the question, “Who am I?”, and focuses on the sense of self. It includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego and the 5 skandhas, cocoon, buddha nature, and the confidence of warriorship. The course will include contemplative investigations of the self based on the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness.



'Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human' is the first of three new courses collectively called the BASIC GOODNESS SERIES. This series is oriented towards universal questions that have arisen in some form thoughout human history, in most cultures and traditions. The second course is called 'How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society', and the third course is entitled 'What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality'. These courses are intended to create learning communities where people can come together and reflect on their own experience and the world. These three courses need to be taken in sequence. Each course takes place on one weekend. Both newer and seasoned practitioners will find these courses meaningful and enriching.

People already engaged in the Way of Shambhala should note the Basic Goodness Series will also be considered preparation for Enlightened Society Assembly (Sutrayana Seminary), and is therefore, also a pre-requisite for Warrior Assembly and Sacred World Assembly.

Ciprian Iancu has been practicing meditation for over fifteen years, and has led programs throughout the northeast US; Birmingham, Alabama; and Cape Town, South Africa. He served as the co-executive director of the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York for three years, and currently teaches Buddhist meditation at the New School University.

Generosity Policy: Our generosity policy supports individuals who are undergoing financial hardship. Please contemplate how much you can truly offer and give more, less, or the suggested amount based on your individual circumstances. The tuition amount reflects our costs to offer the program. To take advantage of our generosity policy you must contact us in advance at: (212) 675-6544.

We do not accept pay-what-you-can at the door, so please pre-arrange. Thank you!

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