Program Details

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society

with Benoît Côté
September 27 / 7:00 PM - September 29 / 6:00 PM


This program asks the question, “How can I help?” and explores our relationship with others, our aspiration to help our world and the notion of social transformation. How can we understand what a society is, according to Shambhala teachings, and more specifically what is an enlightened society. Is society something fundamentally confused or is there goodness in the nature of society?


The program focuses on four specific aspects of society: relationship with family and friends (household), work and professional life, culture and entertainment, economy and money. The program includes teachings, meditation practice, contemplation and dialogues. The practice of Tonglen of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition will be introduced.


Prerequisite is one of the followings:  Basic Goodness: Who am I ? or Shambhala Training Level I ( Art of Being Human) or the course Contentment in Everyday Life.


Benoît Côté has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism for over thirty years. For many years, he was a member and part of the teaching and administrative staff of Centre Shambhala de Montréal. In 2002, he retired from his Université du Québec à Montréal professor position to be involved fully with the Shambhala organization. From 2005 to 2007, he was resident teacher at Karmê Chöling, the Shambhala retreat centre in Vermont. In 2009, he moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in 2010, was appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as one the shastris, or senior teachers, assigned to the Halifax Centre. In 2013, he has also been appointed as shastri for Montréal. He also works as editor for Shambhala Media. 






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