Program Details

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human


with Adam Lobel
October 30 / 7:00 PM - December 18 / 9:00 PM

The Basic Goodness series introduces the view of Shambhala in an experiential way. The key difference between the Everyday Life courses and the Basic Goodness courses is that the Everyday Life courses emphasize personal transformation in daily life, whereas the Basic Goodness courses emphasize the experiential study of view and meaning.


Course 1: Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human


This course asks the question, “Who am I?” and explores the sense of self. It includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego and cocoon, buddha-nature, and the confidence of warriorship. We practice contemplative investigations of the self, based on the foundations of mindfulness.


While you may start with this series, we strongly recommend that you receive basic meditation instruction in advance (at a Shambhala open house or Learn to Meditate class, for instance). We also suggest that you take the Meditation in Everyday Life course first.


This course will be taught by Kalapa Acharya Adam Lobel.   Acharya Lobel emphasizes the interconnection between spiritual experience, philosophical practice, and social and ecological transformation.  He holds a masters degree from Harvard Divinity School and is completing doctoral research on philosophy and religion at Harvard University.  He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and son. 


This is one of a three-course series called the Basic Goodness series.  We will offer all three classes in 2013-2014.


 - Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human
 - How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society
 - What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality


Please note that individual class dates may change due to the schedule of the teacher.


Also, we originally posted this course with the name, "The Basic Nature of Identity." The name has changed but the course content remains the same.


We welcome everyone.  Please contact Marian Webster with questions.


About our pricing - Tiered Pricing and Generosity Policy


Patron Levelapproximately 25% higher than the Sustaining Level
Help us expand our offerings to the world at large. Your generosity allows us to offer these teachings to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.


Sustaining Level—normal price that keeps us running


Supporting Level—approximately 65% of the Sustaining Level 
Appropriate for students or others experiencing financial hardship.


Generosity Policyalways available if the Supporting Level is too high
If you are unable to meet any of the pricing tiers please contact us to discuss an offering that you feel you can afford: pgh.shambhala.generosity@gmail.com



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