Program Details

Basic goodness Part 3: What is real? The Basic Goodness of Reality

with Benoît Côté
March 7 / 7:30 PM - March 9 / 6:00 PM

How do we know what is real? How might we begin to ask this question in a way that is meaningful for our everyday lives? In this course, we will present a number of views from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, including interdependence, exploring the display of reality, the role of mind in perception, and the teachings on emptiness and sacredness. There is an emphasis on the sacredness of the elemental, natural ecosystem.


Prerequisite: One of the following programs: BG1, BG2, Level I (Art of Being Human), Contentment in Everyday Life.


This program will be taught by Shastri Benoît Côté.

Benoît Côté has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism for over thirty years. For many years, he was a member and part of the teaching and administrative staff of Centre Shambhala de Montréal. After resigning from his position as an University Teacher, he became a resident teacher at Karmê Chöling, the Shambhala retreat centre in Vermont. In 2009, he moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in 2010, was appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as one the SHASTRI, or senior teachers, assigned to the Halifax Centre. In 2013, he was appointed SHASTRI for Montréal. He also works as editor for Shambhala Media.

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