Program Details

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society

with Brian Callahan & Paul Belserene
May 8 / 7:00 PM - June 12 / 9:00 PM

Explore the nature of relationship and society, and what it might mean to help our world.

Teachings focus on bodhichitta, communication, virtue and how society arises as an expression of interconnectedness. Participants will learn the practice of Tonglen, "sending and taking".

The Basic Goodness Series consists of three sets of courses. The first course is entitled Who Am I. The Basic Goodness of Being Human. The second course is How can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society. The third is entitled What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality. These courses are interactive and aspire to create a learning environment where the teachings are intimate, and also relevant to the times in which we live.

The 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.

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.

Please inquire about our generosity policy if the full course fee is a hardship. Please direct your inquiries to course Registrar, Virginia Evans at

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