Program Details

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society (Weeknight)


with Ellen Rook
January 7 / 6:30 PM - February 11 / 8:30 PM

This six week 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 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: family life (household), professional life, entertainment, and economy. We learn the traditional mahayana practice of “sending and taking” (tonglen).


Text: The Shambhala Principle by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.


We strongly recommend that you receive basic meditation instruction in advance of starting this course, for instance, at another Shambhala course such as Meditation in Everyday Life, Shambhala Training or at at a Shambhala Learn to Meditate evening.

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