Program Details

Basic Goodness 1 -- Who Am I?

with Eric Spiegel
May 2 / 7:00 PM - May 4 / 5:00 PM

The Basic Goodness Series is an excellent way to begin a course of study of the Shambhala Buddhist teachings as it does not assume any previous knowledge or meditation experience.  There are no prerequisites.  (Although it may be helpful to have already received meditation instruction,  this is not required). 

This course focuses on the sense of self.  It includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego and the 5 skandhas, cocoon, buddha nature, and the confidence of warriorship.  We will practice contemplative investigations of the self based upon the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness.

This program is offered in a convenient weekend retreat instead of weekly classes.

Directly investigating the nature of the self, relationship and society, and reality, can be a strong introduction for new practitioners, and an excellent deepening for students who are well on their way on the path, including vajrayana students.  For those who are in the midst of or have completed the Everyday Life Series, the Basic Goodness series will provide a sustained reflection on the meaning of basic goodness as it relates with our sense of self, others, and reality.  


'Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human' is the first of three new courses collectively called the BASIC GOODNESS SERIES. This series is oriented towards universal questions that have arisen in some form throughout human history, in most cultures and traditions. The second course is called 'How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society', and the third course is entitled 'What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality'. These courses are intended to create learning communities where people can come together and reflect on their own experience and the world.

In general the BASIC GOODNESS SERIES presents 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.

In addition to welcoming people into an experience of the primordial wakefulness and dignity of being human, the Basic Goodness Series is also describing the underlying understanding of a social revolution. Shambhala vision is not limited to individual awakening; it is a vision for human society and for “shifting” human history.

Both newer and seasoned practitioners will find these courses meaningful and enriching.

About the Teacher:

   Acharya Eric SpiegelAcharya Eric Spiegel has been a student and teacher in Shambhala since the     early 1970s.  

  Eric is a student of both Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche, and is the senior teacher in the New York Shambhala community.  

In addition to a long career in finance Acharya Spiegel has been engaged in a lifelong contemplation of death, having worked with many friends and students helping them include the process of their illness and death as part of their spiritual journey. 


He lives in the Hudson Valley, in New York State. 

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