Basic Goodness Three:

  • Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group
  • 734 A Street, San Rafael, CA, USA
  • Mar 29 - May 10, 2018 (43 days)
  • $125 Program Price, $200 Patron Price, $25 Or Pay in Accord with your circumstance

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Basic Goodness Three

Six Thursday evenings, 7-9pm

Mar 29, April 5, 12, 19, skip Apr 26, then May 3, 10

Subject: What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality

Cost: $125. - Generosity Policy applies - [details]

This will be an online class taught by Acharya John Rockwell and facilitated by Barbara Hirschfeld. It will take place over six Thursdays at Tamalpais Shambhala in San Rafael. We will watch the online portion together and Barbara will lead our discussions.

In this course, participants explore the ordinary magic of reality and learn about the progressive stages of discovering non-dual perception of the elements, and thus, the nature of mind. Students will be taking sense perceptions and the elements as their teachers. The course is experientially oriented to see, hear, touch, taste and smell reality afresh. We awaken to the innate capacity we all possess to explore and directly experience the essence of reality, the essence of basic goodness.

About Acharya John Rockwell:
In Fall of 1975, John Rockwell read Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism and was amazed by the clearest description of confusion he had ever seen. Being desperately confused himself, he dove into practice with an eight-week program at Karmê Chöling. Soon after that, he met the Vidyadhara at Karmê Chöling and became his student. John took refuge with the Vidyadhara in 1976 and moved to Boulder to be with him and to study at Naropa University.
Now, John resides at Karmê Chöling, a Shambhala Buddhist practice center in Vermont, where he is the resident acharya. There he is working with a team of teachers to create the Mukpo Institute, an in-depth curriculum of practice and study in the Shambhala and Buddhist teachings. He also travels internationally to teach.

About Barbara Hirschfeld:
Barbara Hirschfeld has been studying the Shambhala Dharma since she went to a Pema Retreat in 2001. The timing was right and she soaked in the teachings like a dry sponge to water. She became a student of Pema Chodron and through her a student of Chogyam Trungpa and now the Sakyong.

She served as coordinator of Shambhala Training for Sonoma and Santa Rosa for 5 years, and then stepped into the role of Director and Council member of Santa Rosa Shambhala and served in that capacity for several years.

In 2012 she opened a retreat space on her land, Open Sky Retreat Space, and she hosts programs by many different teachers there, as well as offering people a place to retreat and meditate.

Her favorite activities are teaching and learning the Dharma, which she feels she is doing whenever she leads a class such as this one – we are learning it together!



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