Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human (Westside)
with Shastri Pamela Bothwell & Marilyn Moore
Work study is available; no-one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
Our assumptions about our own identity are often based on hope and fear, rather than on a deep appreciation for our inherent worthiness. This course explores the way we ask the question “Who Am I?” and the habits that inform the way we define ourselves. Join us for an exploration of who we think we are individually, culturally and as a society.
This course focuses on the sense of self. It includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego, the obstacles obscuring our truly good nature, and the confidence of warriorship. It also includes the practices of mindfulness/awareness meditation and contemplation, investigating the self based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.
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. 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. 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.
Shastri Pamela Bothwell first encountered the dharma in 1973. She has served in many positions in Shambhala. A former attorney, she is the mother of three young adults and has been married for 30 years. In 2010, she was appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as shastri (senior teacher) for Los Angeles.
Marilyn Moore first came in contact with Shambhala in 1997 and is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She has experienced retirement three times in the past few years: first from her position as Director of SMCLA; then from a lengthy career working in an art gallery; and, most recently, retiring as SMCLA Head of Practice. Currently, Marilyn is co-coordinating twice-weekly meditation sessions at the Center for Living Peace in Irvine. As the mother of three grown children who no longer live close to home, she is grateful for the basic goodness of technology and uses Skype on a regular basis.