Basic Goodness

Buddha at the Butterfly Farm, Aruba

In my first Contentment in Everyday Life class, a prerequisite to The Way of Shambhala series of courses, our teacher Jude Robison spoke about “basic goodness.”  Her explanation of this phrase immediately brought up within me a flurry of ideas – hell and damnation, fire and brimstone, original sin, guilt, fear, repentance, atonement, the cloaked-in-red-pitchfork-carrying-devil…  Jude’s eternally optimistic face and oozing basic goodness snapped me back to the present.  She taught us that basic goodness is something we all share.  However, sometimes we can become disconnected from it.

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