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Basic Goodness

Pema Chödrön With Dale Asrael

September 26, 2014 – September 28, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY
Pema Chödrön, Dale Asrael
SM14-5102-692Pema Chödrön, Dale Asrael,

The on-campus workshop is sold out. Please call Omega Registration 800.944.1001 to be placed on a wait list.

Or, you can also register to participate in this retreat live from the comfort of your own home.

“At this crossroads (for our planet) how humanity views itself at some deep level is going to make or break the situation.” —Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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 over-burdened, or when we feel we’ve failed at something important to us.

The weekend includes talks, guided meditations, and question-and-answer sessions with Pema Chödrön and additional sessions led by Dale Asrael, a longtime friend of Pema’s and fellow acharya (senior teacher) in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. The weekend also includes a period of silence from the end of the retreat session on Friday night until Saturday dinner.

This workshop is appropriate for both nonprofessionals and professionals.


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Limited enrollment; register early.

4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty

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.