Program Details

How can I help? Basic Goodness II


with Matthew Lyon & Ben Hines
October 17 / 6:30 PM - November 21 / 9:00 PM

The 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 will 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? This course focuses on transforming four aspects of society: relations with family (household); professional life; entertainment, and economy. We explore the bodhisattva warrior commitment to becoming brave and skillful for the benefit of both ourselves and others, and learn the traditional mahayana practice of tonglen: sending and taking.


The curriculum includes meditation instruction and practice, talks and group discussion, study time, and an opportunity to relax together and explore our feelings about being part of and helping this world.


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. How Can I Help? is the second course in the three part series of the Way of Shambhalapath of training. Intended for both new and seasoned meditators.


Note: The Basic Goodness series is a new series of classes, and is now a prerequisite for the Sacred Path series and for Enlightened Society Assembly (ESA).


Prerequisites: How am I? Basic Goodness I.


Location: Seattle Shambhala Center, 3107 E Harrison St, Seattle.


Registration: Please register online in advance. This will allow you to receive any pre-class information and helps us to plan for the program.


Payment Options: You may either pay online by credit or debit card through PayPal (it is not necessary to have a PayPal account) or by mailing a check to the Center. If you plan to mail a check, please note this in the comment field of the online registration form. Your place in the program is guaranteed when payment is received.


Generosity Policy: We are committed to making it possible for everyone to participate in our programs regardless of financial circumstances. Please see our Program Policies and FAQs page for more information.


Questions? Please check Program Policies and FAQs page first. For specific questions about this program, please contactrandaljeter@gmail.com.

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