NEW! Who am I? Basic Goodness of Self
6 sessions, 12 hours
Who am I? How can we explore this question in a way that leads to some real experiential understanding? This course is an invitation to people of any background to join into a genuine process of contemplative inquiry. The container and orientation for this journey is basic goodness. In this case, it means that we adopt an attitude of gentleness and openness toward ourselves, as opposed to assuming that there is already a basic problem or something to be fixed. Meditation practice is a way to contact and express that kind of mind. In addition to meditation, this course includes short talks, contemplative dialogue exercises, and small suggested readings. Buddhist teachings on how our sense of self arises moment by moment will be offered as reference point. This 6-session course is the first in the “Basic Goodness” series of the Shambhala path of training. Intended for both new and seasoned mediators, the Basic Goodness series introduces the view of Shambhala in an experiential way.
Instructor: Dr. Jerry Webster presently serves as the Shastri, or head teacher, with the Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Center in Washington, D.C. He obtained his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland and has taught literature there and multiculturalism for Montgomery County Public Schools. Dr. Webster’s 40 years of teaching experience began with the Peace Corp in Afghanistan. He currently teaches this course and others at Johns Hopkins University.
ILR319 Who am I? Basic Goodness of Self
4-Digit Number: 5581
Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 11/1/17 – 12/13/17
No Class: 11/22/17
Location: Linganore Hall (L Building) /L106
Tuition: $40 Fee: $79 Total: $119
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only.