Basic Goodness With Pema Chödrön

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Basic Goodness: Live Stream

With Pema Chödrön and Dale Asrael

September 26, 2014 – September 28, 2014
Pema Chödrön, Dale Asrael

The on-campus retreat is sold out, but you can still benefit from Pema Chödrön's teachings by participating via live stream. You also have access to the archive of the live retreat for 60 days (through November 29, 2014).

The Buddhist principal of basic goodness is not particularly religious or secular. It’s not something esoteric or unrelated to us. It’s about how we feel about ourselves at the core. We are fundamentally open-minded, open-hearted, worthy, and good.

To be sure, the basic goodness of humanity is fully intact. Uncertainty, fear, doubt, and aggression, however, can make it difficult for us to access. But if we can each feel confident in our innate basic goodness, it will have a profound effect on shifting the cultural paradigm ravaging this precious earth.

During this retreat, we explore practices that can help us contact our fundamental goodness even when we are under stress, overwhelmed, and overburdened, or when we feel we’ve failed at something important to us.

The weekend includes talks, guided meditations, and question-and-answer sessions that are also open to live stream participants. Additional sessions are led by Dale Asrael, a longtime friend of Pema’s and fellow acharya (senior teacher) in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.

To help you recreate the retreat experience at home, you are also welcome to participate in a period of silence from the end of the retreat session on Friday night until Saturday dinner.


The live stream will begin at 7:00 p.m. EDT. We encourage you to join us at 6:45 p.m. to ensure that you are able to view the video feed. Please refer to the schedule below for up to date information, as schedules can shift throughout the weekend.

6:45 p.m.7:00 p.m.  Omega Slideshow
7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Live Stream
9:00 a.m.–Noon Live Stream
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Live Stream
9:00 a.m.–Noon Live Stream
Pema Chödrön

Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun and one of the most prominent Buddhist teachers in the West today. A student of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, she is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey monastery in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Her best-selling books include When Things Fall Apart, The Places That Scare You, Taking the Leap, and Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change.

Dale Asrael is an associate professor at Naropa University in the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Buddhist Studies, and Contemplative Education departments. She is also the dean of Meditation Instructors for Shambhala International and leads retreats, trainings, and Buddhist seminary programs internationally.