How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society

with Shastri Jil Amadio

May 27th—May 28th (2017)

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  • $120 Program Price
  • $140 Patron Price

This second course in the Basic Goodness Series focuses on relationship and society.  It is an exploration of the nature of society and what it might mean to help our world.  Teachings on bodhichitta (open heart/mind), communication, and interconnectedness. 

We will practice "sending and taking" (tonglen) as a main practice. The tonglen practice, written about by Shambhala teacher Pema Chödrön, is a method for awakening the compassion that is inherent in all of us,

Prerequisite:  Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human  OR  Level I Retreat  OR  Contentment in Everyday Life


There are three courses in the Basic Goodness Series: Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human is the first, the second course is How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society, and the third course is What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality. These three courses need to be taken in sequence. Each course consists of six classes. These courses are interactive and aspire to create a learning environment where the teachings are intimate, and also relevant to the times in which we live.

In general the Basic Goodness Series presents Shambhala and Buddhist teachings in an experiencial 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.

Program Price:  $120*  This price reflects our commitment to keeping programs affordable. We are grateful for your contribution and we rely on fundraising and donations to cover the remaining program costs

Patron Price:     $140  This price helps to cover costs for those that cannot afford the full price. Thanks to you we can continue to offer courses, retreats, meditation instruction, and Open House public meditation sittings.

Repeat Students: Students who have already taken this program and are interested in attending again are welcome to pay the "Repeat Fee" which is 50% of the program price. Please indicate that you are a repeat student in the comment box of the online registration form.

* Generosity Policy (reduced fee): We believe that no one should be prevented from participating due to financial hardship. We encourage you to pay as much as you're able and we understand that your current circumstances will determine what you can afford. When you register, please let us know that you need to access our generosity policy in the comment box, and offer as much of the program price as you can. For more information about how we fund our programs, please click on the Generosity Policy tab at the top of this page.