Program Details

What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality


with Adam Lobel
April 9 / 7:00 PM - May 28 / 9:00 PM

What is real?  Simply asking this question opens up a world of other questions:  Who is asking?  Is this question even relevant to my everyday life?  What are the methods to answer such a question?  Our course will provide the space and community to explore our relationship with our world and our assumptions about what is real.  Drawing on traditional Buddhist and Shambhala teachings and contemplative practices, we will systematically explore the world around us, our perceptions, and our sense of meaning.  Though we may not "answer" the question "What is Real?"  we will introduce many experiential methods to bring this question to life.  6 Wednesdays.


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 two sons. 


This is one of a three-course series called the Basic Goodness series.  We are offering all three courses in 2013-2014.


 - Who Am I?  The Basic Nature of Identity
 - How Can I Help?  The Basic Nature 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.


Generosity Policyalways available if the Supporting Level is too high
If you are unable to meet any of the pricing tiers please give what you can. No one will be turned away.

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