Program Details

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society

with Adam Lobel
January 8 / 7:00 PM - March 5 / 9:00 PM

Everyone is welcome who has taken an introductory course such as our Open Meditation Nights, Meditation in Everyday Life, Contentment in Everyday Life or Shambhala Training I.  In this six-week course we will explore deeply the basic nature of society and its inherent basic goodness.  The desire to help is within us individually and in society.  With current events and warfare, how is this true?  Let's join the discussion together with practicing meditation, engaging in dynamic exercises, discussion and reflection.  Reading assignments will also be part of the course but are not required for participation. Current teachings from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche combined with the ancient teachings of lojong and tonglen, plus the wisdom of the human tradition will be our main sources.

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. 


Please note:  Acharya Lobel asks everyone registering for this course who did not take the previous course in the series to please arrive an hour early on the night of the first class.  He will meet with all registrants new to the series to give them an orientation on what was covered in the previous course.


This is part 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.

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.

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