What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality
with Acharya Melissa Moore & Shastri Amy Conway
This third class in the series focuses on a study of the phenomenal world. It emphasizes some of the core Buddhist teachings, such as impermanence, the process of perception, the "mind," and magic and wonder of the natural elements. There is a definite ecological element to the class.
Basic Goodness of Being Human Six Week Class, or Levels I-V, or Wisdom in Everyday Life.
Acharya Melissa Moore, PhD., has been a student of Shambhala since 1979. She has an MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University, attended the 1985 seminary, has been teaching internationally since 1990, and was empowered as a Shastri in 2010. She co-founded, and continues to teach and develop, The Karuna Training, a 3-year professional certificate training in Contemplative Psychology and a division of Shambhala Europe.
Melissa is a Senior Executive of Family Service Agency of San Francisco and since 2005 has been the founding Director of The Felton Institute dedicated to research and training in community mental health services for marginalized populations suffering from mental illness. Melissa has a PhD in Psychological Anthropology from California Institute of Integral Studies and a Post Doctoral degree from University of California San Francisco in Community Based Research and Psychiatric Treatment. She has extensive experience as a clinician and manager of several clinics developed for the treatment of eating disorders, dissociative disorders and trauma related illnesses.
Amy Conway holds the title of Shastri, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. She works as a senior managerial consultant for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, working with physicians to improve the quality of healthcare particularly in the areas of depression treatment and women’s health. She also enjoys chi kung, hiking, yoga, cooking, and spending time with sangha. She is the former director of Northern California Shambhala.
The Basic Goodness Series
Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human is the first of three courses called the Basic Goodness Series, and the second is called How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society. All three need to be taken in sequence. 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.
$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 turned away for lack of funds.
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