Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Humanity

with Cara Thornley

February 26 - 28

Who am I?… How can I help?… What is real?…

These questions are universal. They have arisen in some form across cultures and traditions throughout human history. Now they’re the focus of a new, three-course series in the Way of Shambhala path of training: the Basic Goodness series.

Meant for new and seasoned meditators alike, the Basic Goodness series introduces the view of Shambhala experientially. Participants receive teachings and support for exploring their present experience—with gentle curiosity and appreciation. From that starting point one can discover what it is to be fully human.

The first course in the sequence, Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human, is open to everyone. This course asks the question “Who am I?” and investigates the sense of self. It includes teachings on basic goodness, the development of ego, and confidence.

The program start at 9am on February 26th and ends at 5:30pm on February 28th.


Karmê Chöling offers 2 price options for this program.
Please choose the option that works best for you.

Full Program Fee: $180
This price covers Karmê Chöling's actual operational cost for the program. By choosing to pay this price, you extend your generosity to Karmê Chöling and the other participants. Thanks to you, we can make more scholarships available and continue to enrich Karmê Chöling.

Discounted Program Fee: $150
This price reflects Karmê Chöling's commitment to keeping programs affordable. The operational costs for this program not covered by program fees come from donations.

Please Note:
Price includes meals but not accommodations.

It is traditional for students to offer a monetary gift to the teacher in appreciation for receiving the teachings, and in recognition of the years of training and understanding the teacher has cultivated. There will be an opportunity to offer a teaching gift at the program.

Scholarship and Financial Aid resources are available to make dharma accessible to people in all circumstances. We offer different ways for overcoming financial obstacles here.

Online registration is not currently open.

For information on registration, pricing, childcare, transportation and other issues, see our Frequently Asked Questions.


About Cara Thornley

Cara Thornley, a Shambhala Buddhist teacher, has been a resident of St. Johnsbury since 2010 and previously lived in Barnet where she was employed by Karme Choling Meditation Center.  Currently she volunteers at the St. Johnsbury School as a mentor in the Everybody Wins!  Vermont reading program, and, at the St. Johnsbury Shambhala Center.  She came to the Northeast Kingdom from Atlanta, Georgia, where she lived for over 20 years and held administrative positions, in government, private industry and non profit organizations., including the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals,  Heery and Heery Architects and Engineers, True Colors Theatre Company, and Director of the Atlanta Shambhala Center during its expansion project.  She has been practicing meditation since 1978.

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