Program Details

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society


with Janet Bronstein
October 2 / 7:00 PM - November 13 / 9:00 PM

This course is a follow-up to the first course in the Basic Goodness series, "Who am I?" asks the question, “How can I help?”  We will explore 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: family life (household), professional life, entertainment, and economy. We learn the traditional mahayana practice of “sending and taking” (tonglen).


The course is scheduled over six Wednesday nights beginning October 2, skipping October 16, and ending November 20.


Open to everyone. Meditation instruction is strongly suggested and is available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Center.


Generosity Policy applies:  The Birmingham Shambhala Center does not wish restricted finances ever to interfere with one’s ability to receive the teachings. 



  • If paying the full price presents an obstacle to your participation, please use the "Pay what you can" option for registering, filling in the box with the price you are paying.  You can pay online with PayPal or a credit/debit card, or pay the amount at the door.

  • If you need to arrange a payment plan,  please make arrangements prior to the program by contacting Christine Dietsch at [email protected] or 205-239-9648.

  • For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “patron price”. Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.

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