How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society
with Shastri Janet Solyntjes
This course asks the question, "How can I help?" and explores our aspiration to help our world, how we relate with others, and how real social transformation could occur.
We will investigate the question "Is society something that is ultimately confused, or is there goodness in human society?"
The course will explore the Shambhala teachings on society and what enlightened society may be. We will also look at the traditional wisdom teachings on transforming four key aspects of society: family life (household), work life, entertainment / leisure, and economy.
Students will receive instruction in the traditional Mahayana practice of "sending and receiving" (tonglen). There will be a short group meditation practice in each class.
Prerequisite: Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human