Program Details

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society

January 16 / 7:00 PM - February 20 / 9:00 PM

The second course in the new Basic Goodness Series 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 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?  The course focuses on transforming four aspects of society:  relations with family (household), professional life, entertainment, and economy. We learn the traditional mahayana practice of “sending and taking” (tong len).

Prerequisite: Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human  or Shambhala Training Level 1 The Art of Being Human or Contentment in Everyday Life.

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, and how they can be applied to our lives. 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.

A nine-minute video presentation of these three courses, by Acharya Adam Lobel, the main architect of this curriculum, is available here.

Note: If you cannot afford to pay the full program fee, see our generosity policy.


Please register for this program in advance by clicking on the "Click here to register" link below. After filling out the online registration form, you will have the option of paying online through PayPal using your credit card or PayPal account.  If you prefer not to pay online, you can pay by cash or cheque at the beginning of the program.

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