Basic Goodness III: What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality

November 16th—December 21st (2017)

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  • $140 Program Price
  • $165 Generosity Price

How do we know what is real?  How might we begin to ask this question in a way that is meaningful for our everyday lives?  In this course, we will present a number of views from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, including interdependence, exploring the display of reality, the role of mind in perception, and the teachings on emptiness and sacredness.  

This course focuses on a study of the phenomenal world. It emphasizes some of the core Buddhist teachings, such as impermanence, the process of perception, the "mind," and emptiness.  It is oriented towards the experience of sacred world, the magic and wonder of the natural elements.

The Basic Goodness Series consists of three sets of courses. The first course is entitled Who Am I. The Basic Goodness of Being Human. The second course is How can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society. The third is entitled What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality. 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. There are no pre-requisites for the Basic Goodness courses. Anyone can attend, but it is recommended that participants have a grounding in meditation practice. It is recommended that you have established a sitting practice already (meditation instruction will not be given) and that you have taken one or more Way of Shambhala programs at a Shambhala centre.

The 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.

People already engaged in the Way of Shambhala should note the Basic Goodness Series will also be considered preparation for Enlightened Society Assembly (Sutrayana Seminary), and is therefore, also a pre-requisite for Warrior Assembly and Sacred World Assembly.

Please inquire with the registrar.about our Generosity Policy if the full course fee is a hardship. If you have the means to help offset the cost of another's fee, we encourage you to consider our generosity price.

To register click on the button below. Once you have completed your registration, You will have the option to pay online via PayPal. We encourage pre-registration via PayPal to secure your place and to simplify registration on the day of the class.  Cash, credit cards, debit cards and cheques can be accepted on the first day of the programme.