How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society

with Shastri Sharon Keegan & Bill McPheters

May 14th—June 4th

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

Basic Goodness of Society asks the question, “How Can I Help?” and explores our relationships with others, our aspiration to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation. We look at our personal perspectives based on early imprints and strengthened habits surrounding age, race, gender identification, sexual orientation, demographics and location on this Earth globe. Given all the challenging scenarios we witness daily, is society something that is ultimately confused, or is there genuine goodness and wisdom threaded throughout human society? By honestly exploring the obstacles to manifesting the Shambhala view of Enlightened Society, we can wake up the innate potential longing for compassionate expression. The course focuses on transforming four aspects of society:  relations with family (household), professional life, entertainment, and economy. We will also learn the traditional Buddhist Mahayana compassion practice of “sending and taking” (tonglen).

Open to all - No prerequistes, though it is highly recommended to have completed "Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human"

About the Teacher

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. 

Bill McPheters has studied and practiced in the Shambhala tradition for four decades and has been a teacher in that tradition for three of them. Prior to moving to Burlington in 2011, Bill was connected successively to the Shambhala Sanghas in New York City, Karmê Chöling, and Washington, DC, where he served in various capacities. He is a Meditation Instructor, Assistant Director, Teacher, and does Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arranging) for special events.


Full Program Price: $120
This price covers Burlington Shambhala Center’s operating cost for the program as well as ongoing costs of running the Center.

Patron Program Price: $150
This price, in addition to covering BSC’s cost for the program, extends generosity to other participants.  Thanks to you, we will be able to make more scholarships available to support people on the Shambhala path.

Repeater Price: $60

Generosity Policy:

Our generosity policy supports individuals who are undergoing financial hardship. Please contemplate how much you can offer at this time (more, less, or the suggested full program fee) based on your circumstances. The full program fee reflects the minimum cost of offering this program. To take advantage of our generosity policy you must contact Gary at least one week in advance of the program at [email protected]

No one will be turned away for financial reasons.