Program Details

What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality


with Matthew Lyon & Ben Hines
May 16 / 6:30 PM - May 18 / 1:00 PM

This is the third course in the "Basic Goodness" series of the Way of Shambhala path of training, and is intended for both new and seasoned meditators. This course emphasizes the third area of reconnecting with the natural and elemental world around us. Through personal exploration of our relationship with reality, perception, and the phenomenal world, we work to reconnect with sacred world. All three areas begin from opening our hearts, and rediscovering our worthiness and dignity as feeling, human beings. That is, the Shambhala principle of basic goodness is the fulcrum that can shift our orientation individually, socially, and cosmologically.


The curriculum includes meditation instruction and practice, talks and group discussion, study time, and an opportunity to relax together and explore our feelings about being part of and helping this world.


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. 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. 


Note: the Basic Goodness series is a new series of classes, and is desirable for Enlightened Society Assembly (ESA) and strongly recommended for the Sacred Path series.


Prerequisites: None, this program is open to all. However, Basic Goodness Course 1 and 2, Shambhala Training Level I and Contentment in Everyday Life are recommended.


Location: Seattle Shambhala Center, 3107 E Harrison St, Seattle.


Registration: Please pre-register and pre-pay online. This will allow you to receive any pre-class information and helps us to plan for the program. Please note, this series has been well attended and is expected to fill quickly. 


Payment Options: You may either pay online by credit or debit card through PayPal (it is not necessary to have a PayPal account) or by mailing a check to the Center. If you plan to mail a check, please note this in the comment field of the online registration form. Your place in the program is guaranteed when payment is received. Registering only will not guarantee your seat.


Generosity Policy: We are committed to making it possible for everyone to participate in our programs regardless of financial circumstances. Please see our Program Policies and FAQs page for more information.


Questions? Please contact Randy Jeter.

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