Basic Goodness


Discover Your Basic Goodness with Pema Chödrön & Dale Asrael, September 26 – 28, 2014, at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Rhinebeck New York. As leaders in teaching meditation and how it applies to everyday life, Pema Chödrön and Dale Asrael are widely known and well-regarded for their insightful, down-to-earth interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism for Western audiences.


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. Chödrön is interested in helping establish Tibetan Buddhist monastacism in the West, as well as continuing her work with Western Buddhists of all traditions, sharing ideas and teachings. She is the author of numerous books, including When Things Fall Apart; The Places That Scare You; The Wisdom of No Escape; Getting Unstuck; Start Where You Are; Comfortable With Uncertainty; No Time to Lose; Always Maintain a Joyful Mind (lojong teachings); Practicing Peace in Times of War; and Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change.

Dale Asrael is now an acharya (senior teacher) in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, founded by Chögyam Trungpa. She is core faculty at Naropa University, also founded by Trungpa, since 1992, and teaches in the post-graduate Buddhist Studies, Contemplative Education, and Counseling programs, and is an upadhyaya (Buddhist minister). She leads meditation retreats, dathuns, sutrayana seminaries, ngondro instructor trainings, and other programs internationally. In 2011, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the head of the Shambhala lineage, appointed Asrael the dean of meditation instructors.

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