Who am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human
with Shastri Mary Campbell
Open to Everyone.
The Basic Goodness Series is an excellent way to begin a course of study of the Shambhalal Buddhist teachings as it does not assume any previous knowledge or meditation experience. It may be helpful to have received first instruction, and participated in a Level I or Meditation in Daily Life but this is not required. There are no prerequisites.
For those who are in the midst of or have completed the Everyday Life Series, the Basic Goodness series will provide a sustained reflection on the meaning of basic goodness as it relates with our sense of self, others, and reality.
Directly investigating the nature of the self, relationship and society, and reality, can be a strong introduction for new practitioners, and an excellent deepening for students who are well on their way on the path, including vajrayana students.
This first course focuses on the sense of self. It includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego and the 5 skandhas, cocoon, buddha nature, and the confidence of warriorship. We will practice contemplative investigations of the self based upon the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness.
This program is offered in a convenient weekend retreat instead of weekly classes.
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.
New! THE BASIC GOODNESS SERIES
'Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human' is the first of three new courses collectively called the BASIC GOODNESS SERIES. This series is oriented towards universal questions that have arisen in some form throughout human history, in most cultures and traditions. 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 intended to create learning communities where people can come together and reflect on their own experience and the world.
In general the BASIC GOODNESS SERIES presents teachings in an experiential way, with an emphasis on understanding the view and meaning of these teachings, and how they can be applied to our lives. 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.
In addition to welcoming people into an experience of the primordial wakefulness and dignity of being human, the Basic Goodness Series is also describing the underlying understanding of a social revolution. Shambhala vision is not limited to individual awakening; it is a vision for human society and for “shifting” human history.
Both newer and seasoned practitioners will find these courses meaningful and enriching.
Full program tuition plus accommodations: $230 We invite all who are able to do so to pay the full tuition rate. By doing so, you make it possible for us to offer scholarships to others, while also covering the direct cost of your stay here and contributing to our year round operations. Interest free payment plans for 6 months are an option for those who choose this tuition level.
Discounted program tuition plus accommodations: $170 If the full tuition is unworkable for you, please pay the discounted rate if you can. By doing so you contribute towards the cost of your being here and everything it takes to keep DDL operating year-round.
Discounted tuition plus payment plan/month: $28/month If having 6 months to pay makes the discounted tuition possible for you, please choose this interest free option. The payments would be $27 per month for tuition; if you add lodging to the payment plan it would be $38/month.
Please Note: Above price includes meals but not accommodations. For winter programs, double and triple rooms with shared hallway bathrooms are available in Gyatso Lodge for $35 per night, so for this program the lodging cost would be an additional $70. Huts and Cabins are not available as lodging options for winter programs. If you are interested in a single room, please contact us about two weeks before the program begins, and depending on the number of registrants, we may be able to offer you this option for an additional $40 per night.
To register please click on the "Registration" button below or call us at (902) 657-9085
All program costs at Dorje Denma Ling are workable. With either of the tuition choices above, we can provide a payment plan of up to 6 months, and we also match all scholarships that local Shambhala Centers grant to help their members attend programs. If you have any questions about the financial aid or payment plans, please contact us at 902-657-9085 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks before the program begins. Please note that we cannot arrange tuition discounts at registration.
Deposits will be refunded up to 30 days prior to the program, less a 10% administration fee. Deposits will be 50% refunded up to 10 days prior to the program. There is no refund of deposits for cancellations less than 10 days before the start of a program.