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Basic Goodness: The Art of Being Human

Date August 30-31, 2014
Time 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location 412 North Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Instructors Judith Simmer-Brown
Cost $140, see details below
Registration Pre-registration required, see details below
Prerequisites None. This intensive is suitable for both beginning and advanced students.

Judith Simmer-Brown This weekend meditation program introduces the core Shambhala teachings from the contemporary Tibetan Shambhala lineage, with special emphasis on the inherent goodness and potential of all human beings. We will learn to experience the world as sacred and glimpse unconditional basic goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. This weekend program introduces participants to the practice of sitting meditation and to the basic principles of the Shambhala path of warriorship.

Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., has been Professor of Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado since 1978. She has practiced Tibetan Buddhism for 40 years and is an Acharya (senior dharma teacher) of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, Naropa's founder. She serves on the steering committee of the American Academy of Religion's Contemplative Studies Group. Dr. Simmer-Brown lectures and writes on Tibetan Buddhism, American Buddhism, women and Buddhism, interreligious dialogue, and contemplative education. Her books are Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism (Shambhala) and, with Fran Grace, an edited collection of articles called Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies (Religious Studies Series, State University of New York Press, 2010). She is married to Richard Brown, a Naropa University professor, and has two young adult children and three grandchildren.


412 North Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY 14850


The cost for the weekend intensive is $140, and includes morning tea and session tea breaks.


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Schedule of Activities

Friday 8/29
7:00 - 8:30 PM: Introductory Talk - Sixth Annual of The Victor Mansfield Memorial Speaker Series
(Free and open to the public - Donations are welcomed)

Saturday 8/30
8:30 - 9:00 AM: Gathering for tea
9:00 - 10:15 AM: Session one
10:15 - 10:30 AM: Tea break
10:30 AM - Noon: Session two
Noon - 2:00 PM: Lunch break
2:00 - 3:15 PM: Session three
3:15 - 3:30 PM: Tea break
3:30 - 5:00 PM: Session four

Sunday 8/31
8:30 - 9:00 AM: Gathering for tea
9:00 - 10:15 AM: Session one
10:15 - 10:30 AM: Tea break
10:30 AM - Noon: Session two