Program Details

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Paula Bickford
August 6 / 6:30 PM - September 10 / 8:30 PM

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human explores the sense of self. It includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego and cocoon, buddha nature, and the confidence of warriorship. We practice contemplative investigations of the self, based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

This class 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. Both newer and seasoned practitioners will find this course meaningful and enriching.

 Prerequisite: No prerequisites

 Recommended: Basic meditation instruction

Generosity Policy

The St. Petersburg Shambhala Meditation Center thrives due to the generosity of its program participants, friends and members. Recognizing that generosity, trust and openness are interconnected, we offer all of our programs on a suggested-donation basis and welcome participants to donate less or more than the suggested amounts as they choose.

Our programs offer three pricing options: the full program price, the patron price, and the pay-what-you-can-afford option.

If the program price is an obstacle for you, please pay what you can afford by entering the amount into the "Or pay what you can afford (enter your amount below)" box.

For those who are inspired to offer more than the program price you may pay the "patron price." Your generosity in offering this amount helps us to cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.

About the Basic Goodness Series:

The Basic Goodness Series introduces the view of Shambhala in an experiential way by examining our personal experience, our experience with others, and our relationship with the reality of life itself.

The key difference between the Everyday Life courses and the Basic Goodness courses is that the Everyday Life courses emphasize personal transformation in daily life, whereas the Basic Goodness courses emphasize the experiential study of view and meaning.

While you may start with this series, we strongly recommend that you receive basic meditation instruction in advance (at a Shambhala open house or Learn to Meditate class, for instance).

"Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human" is the first of three courses in the Basic Goodness Series. 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 three courses can be taken in any order.

Here is a great article from Shambhala Times that explains this series:

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