How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society

with Acharya Alan Schwartz & Seth Bregman

November 7th—December 19th (2013)

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  • $130 Program Price
  • $97.50 Patron Price
  • $65
  • $32.50
Room: Main Shrine Room

Explore the nature of relationship and society, and what it might mean to help our world.

Teachings focus on bodhichitta, communication, virtue and how society arises as an expression of interconnectedness. Participants will learn the practice of Tonglen, "sending and taking".

The Basic Goodness Series
Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human is the first of three courses called the Basic Goodness Series. These three need to be taken in sequence. The third 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.

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.

Acharya Alan SchwartzAlan Schwartz was among the first students of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in the United States, and has been a student of Tibetan and Shambhala Buddhist teachings for over 35 years. A confessed serial entrepreneur, he has founded four innovative and successful restaurant and entertainment businesses, a software firm, and created an award-winning software product. He has just recently been appointed as an Acharya, a senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition, by Shambhala’s spiritual leader, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. 

Seth Bregman has been a practitioner in the Shambhala Tradition for over 20 years. He is particularly interested in how conventional ideas about meditation and spirituality can become obstacles to genuine insight, relaxation and happiness. He's grateful for his unexpectedly 'normal' life which includes a lovely wife, a house in the suburbs and an exceptionally good dog named Kiki. Seth has worked in the music, film and technology industries for many years and currently works as a Director of IT for Live Nation.

$130 with preregistration and online payment.
$150 at the door
Membership discounts apply. For financial aid or work-study please contact volunteer [at] sfshambhala [dot] org at least a week in advance. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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