Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with John Smith, David Parker, Diane Pallas

January 6th—February 10th (2014)

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  • $115.00 General
  • $98.00 Early Bird
  • $135.00 Patron
Room: Main Shrine Room

Prerequisite: Meditation instruction in the Shambhala tradition

Course 1 of the Basic Goodness Series

This course asks the question, “Who am I?” and explores the sense of self. It includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego and cocoon, buddha-nature, and the confidence of warriorship. We practice contemplative investigations of the self, based on the foundations of mindfulness.

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If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Abbey Pleviak.

John became a student of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche in 1975, and has continued as a student of Sakyong Mipham. He has been on the Portland Shambhala Meditation Center Council for many years and is now the interim Director of Communication. He is a meditation instructor and enjoys teaching meditation classes. He was born and raised in Humacao, Puerto Rico, and has a consulting business focusing on the development and support of learning communities and their use of technology.

David Parker is grateful to the patient students of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, including his current teacher, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, who helped a skeptical beginner start a regular meditation practice in Boston 25 years ago, and led him step by step under his own power into a larger view. He has been active in the Portland Shambhala Center since he moved here almost 20 years ago, and is currently a teacher in training, a meditation instructor, and coordinator of the Tuesday night open house talks. He works part time as a scientist and professor at OHSU, where he and his students study how the cells of the immune system communicate with each other using mice and mouse cells in tissue culture.