Basic Goodness With Pema Chödrön

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Basic Goodness Online Retreat

Pema Chödrön With Dale Asrael

Available Until: 11/29/2014
Pema Chödrön, Dale Asrael

The archived video of this weekend's retreat is available through November 29, 2014.

The Buddhist principle 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.

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, and has been a beloved teacher at Omega since 1998. Her best-selling books include When Things Fall Apart, The Places That Scare You, Taking the Leap, Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change, and How To Meditate.

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.