Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human (Westside)

with Shastri Pamela Bothwell & Shastri Marilyn Moore

October 17th—November 3rd (2013)

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    Price:
  • $125.00 Program Price
  • $100.00 Patron Price
  • $40.00
Room: WESTSIDE SHAMBHALA @ 3877 Grand View Blvd, Mar Vista, 90066

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.

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. - See more at: http://la.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=146088#sthash.6l2fCM38.dpuf
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. - See more at: http://la.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=146088#sthash.6l2fCM38.dpuf

SMCLA Generosity Policy

The Shambhala Center remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our members and program participants, and one of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one should be prevented from participating in programs for lack of funds. At the same time, the Center relies on the revenue from program participants to cover the cost of each program and of keeping our doors open. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please offer as much of the program price as you can. The suggested minimum, based on the Center’s costs, is 50% of the program price. You may type in the amount on the registration page and pay accordingly. For those who are able to pay more than the program price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price of the program, and provides support to the Shambhala Center. If you have any questions, please email la@shambhala.org.

Program Cancellation Policy

If you cancel more than 7 days prior to your class (and have already paid), you will receive a full refund less a processing fee of $15. If you cancel between 1 to 7 days prior to arrival, we will credit your payment towards another program at Shambhala Los Angeles to be used within 1 year. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 24 hours prior to arrival.

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