How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society (Westside)
with Shastri Pamela Bothwell & Cynthia MacKay
The second course in the BASIC GOODNESS SERIES, asks the question, “How can I help?” and explores our relationships with others, an aspiration to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation. We look at a Shambhala understanding of society, and what enlightened society may be. Is society something that is ultimately confused, or is there goodness in human society? The course focuses on transforming four aspects of society: relations with family (household), professional life, entertainment, and economy. We learn the traditional mahayana practice of “sending and taking” (tonglen).
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.
Prerequisites: Completion of Level I of Shambhala Training or “Who Am I?” (the first course in the Basic Goodness series)
Work study is available; no-one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
Pamela Bothwell is a senior student of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Mrs. Bothwell first met the Vidyadhara in 1973, and has been studying and practicing the Shambhala Buddhist teachings ever since. A retired attorney and mother of three young adults, Mrs. Bothwell lives in Los Angeles where she has served as the Shambhala Center Director. She currently serves as a Secretary to the Sakyong, and was recently appointed as a shastri for SMCLA.
Cynthia MacKay has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for over 20 years. Inspired by her teacher’s running, Cynthia has completed six marathons of her own, from Paris to San Francisco. She teaches meditation at Men’s Central Jail and a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in Malibu.