Program Details

Basic Goodness 2 - How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society - December 2019


with Arawana Hayashi
December 15 / 12:00 AM - January 26 / 12:00 AM

A 6-week Interactive Course

This six-session recorded course 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).


Open to all. Strongly recommended preparation: An Introduction to Shamhala Meditation; Basic Goodness 1: The Basic Goodness of Being Human; and Meditation in Everyday Life, or Contentment in Everyday Life, or Shambhala Training Level I. See Upcoming Programs for a schedule of these courses)


About the Teacher


Arawana Hayashi is a dancer, choreographer and teacher, trained in both Japanese and Western art forms. She is also an Acharya (a senior teacher of meditation) in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. From her career’s inception, her work as an artist and meditation practitioner has been intertwined with innovations in community building and education. Since the 1970s her focus has been on using non-verbal collaborative improvisation methods to increase personal presence and group performance. Arawana is a founding member of the Presencing Institute (www.presencing.com) and the ALIA Institute, now the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa Univeristy in Boulder, Colorado.


Reading List for this course


Shambhala, Sacred Path of the Warrior, Chogyam Trungpa, Shambhala Publications 2010


The Shambhala Principle, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Harmony, 2013


Work, Sex, and Money, Real Life on the Path of Mindfulness, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Publications 2011


About Our Courses


The Way of Shambhala courses are designed for those who don’t live near a Shambhala Center, or who need a particular course in order to continue on the path. Each course in the series features a senior Shambhala teacher, an online community of participants, and facilitation by an experienced course leader. Over 6 to 8 weeks, course participants view recorded teachings, then gather in the online learning environment to discuss, contemplate and engage in exercises aimed at deepening their understanding.


When Does the Class Meet?


The course is asynchronous. You may view the recorded talks at your convenience. The recommended schedule is to view one talk each week and complete the associated readings and exercises in the module. There are 6 talks; the course is open for 8 weeks.


Please note that an important aspect of the course involves meeting with another course participant for dialogue. You can arrange live meetings via telephone, an online meeting forum such as Skype, or in person.

How Much Time Does it Take?


Most participants spend 1 to 2 hours per week on the course. The talks average 45 minutes in length. Allow yourself time to do the readings, meditation practices and other assignments. It’s a good idea to schedule the time on your calendar as you would for a face-to-face class.

Registration Options

Early Bird Discount. The Early Bird course rate of is available until 2 weeks before the program begins. To take the discount at registration use this coupon code: JXDZPR.


Regular Amount. The regular course rate of 9 applies 2 weeks prior to the start date.


Patron. The Patron rate of 9 supports our efforts to connect teachers and learners through online programs. In particular, it helps us offer the generosity policy to those in need.


Generosity Policy. We want to make the teachings available to all and will work with you to ensure your participation. Click on the Request a Discount link below to receive a coupon code to use at checkout. For a further discount or scholarship, write to [email protected].


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Meditation Instructors and Shambhala Guides, please see Shambhala Educator Resources to register for a Study/Review version of this course.  


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