Program Details

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


with Erika Berland & Stephen Vosper
August 1 / 6:30 PM - August 3 / 6:00 PM

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society


In this course we explore our relationships with others. How do we envision a good human society? We will look at our aspiration to help our world, and at specific aspects of social transformation. Our course focuses on four aspects of society: relations with family (household), professional life, entertainment, and economy.


The emphasis in this weekend is on our modern experience of living in a global society. Is society something that is ultimately selfish, confused, and problematic? During the weekend will will learn the traditional mahayana Buddhist practice of tonglen, the practice of "sending and taking."


Prerequisite: No prerequisites. This class is open to anyone who has received basic meditation instruction.
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About the Basic Goodness Series


The aspiration of Shambhala is to help create situations of more wakefulness, compassion, and wisdom in our lives, in the world, and in human society. The path of Shambhala unites the personal experience discovered through meditation with social transformation.


Who am I? How can I help? What is real? These questions have been central in ancient and modern contemplative traditions in both the East and the Western worlds of philosophy, meditation, and psychology. The intention of the Basic Goodness series is to create an opportunity to look at these basic universal questions of humanity in our own lives.


The Basic Goodness Series will explore our real experience of how these questions and themes apply to our everyday lives as modern people, living in very specific situations and facing pressing global challenges.


"How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society" is the second of three courses in the Basic Goodness series. The first course is "Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human" and the third course is entitled "What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality." These three courses can be taken in any order.

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