Program Details

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society


with Sharon Keegan & Bill McPheters
May 14 / 6:30 PM - June 4 / 8:30 PM

Basic Goodness of Society asks the question, “How Can I Help?” and explores our relationships with others, our 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 will also learn the traditional mahayana practice of “sending and taking” (tonglen).


Open to all - No prerequistes, though it is highly recommended to have completed "Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human"


About the Teacher


Shastri Sharon Keegan became a student of  the Vidyadhara Trungpa Rinpoche over 30 years ago and is currently a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She completed the first traditional Tibetan Buddhist three-year retreat at Gampo Abbey in 1996, and, upon completion, was asked to serve as the first lay administrative director of Gampo Abbey for the following three years. Subsequently Sharon moved to Halifax and helped found the Hospice Society of Greater Halifax. In 2001, she moved to Vermont, teaches within the Burlington sangha and has served as the administrator of a hospice residence for the past 15 years. 


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Full Program Price: 0
This price covers Burlington Shambhala Center’s operating cost for the program as well as ongoing costs of running the Center.

Patron Program Price: 0
This price, in addition to covering BSC’s cost for the program, extends generosity to other participants.  Thanks to you, we will be able to make more scholarships available to support people on the Shambhala path.

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Generosity Policy:


Our generosity policy supports individuals who are undergoing financial hardship. Please contemplate how much you can offer at this time (more, less, or the suggested full program fee) based on your circumstances. The full program fee reflects the minimum cost of offering this program. To take advantage of our generosity policy you must contact Gary at least one week in advance of the program at [email protected]


No one will be turned away for financial reasons.

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