How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society (Westside)

with Shastri Pamela Bothwell & Cynthia MacKay

January 16th—February 13th (2014)

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    Price:
  • $150.00 Program Price
  • $120.00 Patron Price
  • $40.00
Room: WESTSIDE SHAMBHALA @ 3877 Grand View Blvd, Mar Vista, 90066

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.

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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