What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality

John Rockwell

Individual: $108
Patron: $149 The Patron rate helps us offer our generosity policy to those in need.

In this recorded course by John Rockwell, participants explore the ordinary magic of reality and learn about the progressive stages of discovering non-dual perception of the elements, and thus, the nature of mind. Students will be taking sense perceptions and the elements as their teachers. The course is experientially oriented to see, hear, touch, taste and smell reality afresh. We awaken to the innate capacity we all possess to explore and directly experience the essence of reality, the essence of basic goodness.

About Our Courses

The Way of Shambhala courses are designed for those who don’t live near a Shambhala Center, or who need a particular course in order to continue on the path. Each course in the series features a senior Shambhala teacher.

When Does the Class Meet?

The course is asynchronous. You may view the recorded talks at your convenience. The recommended schedule is to view one talk each week and complete the associated readings and exercises in the module. There are 5 talks.

How Much Time Does it Take?

Most participants spend 1 to 2 hours per week on the course. The talks average 45 minutes in length. Allow yourself time to do the readings, meditation practices and other assignments. It’s a good idea to schedule the time on your calendar as you would for a face-to-face class.


Strongly recommended preparation: Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human, How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society, and at least Shambhala Training Level I.

Teachers and Faculty

John Rockwell read Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism in 1975, and was amazed by the clearest description of confusion he had ever read. He met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche shortly after and became his student. As a member of the Nalanda Translation Committee, he worked closely Trungpa Rinpoche on translations of The Rain of WisdomThe Life of Marpa, and other texts. He received a M.A. in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University and began teaching there, eventually as a core faculty member in Buddhist Studies. He also taught at the Ngedön School in Boulder for many years, and he travels internationally to teach.

Individual: $108
Patron: $149 The Patron rate helps us offer our generosity policy to those in need.