Who am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Shastri Sharon Keegan & Bill McPheters

November 7th—December 5th (2018)

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  • $120 Full Price
  • $150 Patron Price
  • $60 Repeater Price

The Basic Goodness Series is an introduction to the view of Shambhala, taught in an experiential way. It is comprised of 3 courses:

1. Who am I?  The Basic Goodness of Being Human  [6 classes]
2. How can I Help?  The Basic Goodness of Society [6 classes]
3. What is Real?  The Basic Goodness of Reality [6 classes]

This course asks the questions “Who am I?” and focuses on our understanding of "self." We will explore teachings on basic goodness, the arising of ego and the five skandas, cocoon, selflessness, buddha nature, and the confidence of warriorship. The course will give students an introduction to the basic view and wisdom of the Shambhala teachings, with its roots in Buddhism and time-honored meditation traditions.

We will practice contemplative investigations of the self based upon the classic Buddhist teachings of the four Foundations of Mindfulness. This six week course includes meditation instruction, discussion groups, talks, and question and answer sessions.

While this class is intended for those who have completed the first cycle of Shambhala Training Weekends and the Everyday Life course series, the Basic Goodness Series is now open to everyone, without prerequisites. We do strongly recommended that participants first receive basic meditation instruction (available during Learn to Meditate, Sunday Public Sitting, or a Shambhala Training program).

Please register at least one week before the first class, if possible.

No one will be turned away for financial reasons (see About Our Fees). For concerns about the program fee or other questions, please contact Gary at [email protected]

Shastri Sharon Keegan became a student of  the Vidyadhara Trungpa Rinpoche over 30 years ago and is currently a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She completed the first traditional Tibetan Buddhist three-year retreat at Gampo Abbey in 1996, and, upon completion, was asked to serve as the first lay administrative director of Gampo Abbey for the following three years. Subsequently Sharon moved to Halifax and helped found the Hospice Society of Greater Halifax. In 2001, she moved to Vermont, teaches within the Burlington sangha and has served as the administrator of a hospice residence for the past 15 years.