Basic Goodness II: How Can I Help?
with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld
This course asks the question, "How can I help?" and explores our aspiration to help our world, how we relate with others, and how real social transformation could occur.
We will investigate the question "Is society something that is ultimately confused, or is there goodness in human society?"
The course will explore the Shambhala teachings on society and what enlightened society may be? We will also look at the traditional wisdom teachings on transforming four key aspects of society: family life (household), work life, entertainment / leisure, and economy.
Students will receive instruction in the traditional Mahayana practice of "sending and receiving" (tonglen). There will be a short group meditation practice in each class.
Prerequisite: New students are encouraged to join us! Background in meditation or having attended the other Basic Goodness or In Every Day Life classes will be helpful, but are not necessary.
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.