Basic Goodness I: Who Am I?
with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld
Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human is the first of three new courses called the Basic Goodness Series. These three courses are taken in sequence. 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 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.
The new Basic Goodness Series is open to everyone, without prerequisites. We strongly recommended that participants first receive basic meditation instruction during an open house, a Shambhala Training program, or a Learn to Meditate Day. It would also be good if a student could attend a Meditation in Everyday Life course before entering the Basic Goodness Series. However, these are not firm prerequisites.
In general the Basic Goodness 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.
The Sanity We Are Born With by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Chapter 9: The Development of Ego
Chapter 10: The Basic Ground and the Eight Consciousnesses
Natural Wakefulness by Gaylon Ferguson
Chapter 10: Opening the Doors of Perception
Chapter 11: Awakening from the Nightmare
The Shambhala Meditation Center of Madison encourages program participants to pay what they can afford. People whose financial situation limits their ability to pay may contribute to the extent they are able. No one will be turned away for lack of payment.
Individuals who are not able to pay the full program fee should pre-register for programs online and indicate their request in the "notes" section provided. It is not necessary to provide an explanation. Individuals may also request that the program coordinator contact them personally.