Summer Weekthun - Illuminating Basic Goodness: Who am I?

with Shastri Trinley Busby & Martina Bouey

July 29th—August 5th (2018) -Date postponed or cancelled

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  • $500 Program Price
  • $575 Patron Price
  • Pay what you can - suggested minimum $250; enter amount in registration

Illuminating Basic Goodness: Who Am I?

Exploring Identity and Belonging

In these challenging times, the flame of basic goodness has nearly been extinguished by the storm of concepts, and the spirit of humanity has been so dampened that we experience our goodness as a faint echo. As brave people, we must find the courage to gently blow on this ember of goodness.  – Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Through this immersive weeklong program, the practice of meditation goes beyond the cushion, with every aspect of daily life becoming a practice of wakefulness and an opportunity to make better friends with ourselves and our world. Daily dharma talks, guided sessions of Shambhala Meditation, contemplative movement, experiential exercises, and directive inquiry will allow us to connect with the teachings, practices, our bodies, sense perceptions, and the world around us - allowing a deep sense of connection, wisdom, and joy to emerge.

Experiencing alienation we lose connection with our own heart and emotions, our body, and our sensory experience. It becomes difficult to connect with ourselves or others; or we become overwhelmed and therefore shut down. Most of us feel plagued by tremendous self-aggression and criticism, making it difficult to simply be.

The approach we take during this week long retreat focuses on rediscovering basic trust, gentleness, and curiosity about  fully connecting to our humanity and lives.

This retreat, using guided meditation sessions, contemplative movement, experiential exercises and directive inquiry, will explore the classic Buddhist teachings on ego, alongside contemporary considerations of social identities and their relationship to systemic injustice in our society.

This module fulfill the Basic Goodness I requirement.

Opportunity to practice the Shambhala Sadhana will be available.

About the Teachers: 

Shastri Trinley Busby began working with people experiencing homelessness in 2006, volunteering at a drop-in center in Vancouver, B.C.’s Downtown Eastside, which provides services for cis and trans women working in survival sex-trade. From 2010 to 2016, Trinley worked as a frontline social service provider in outreach, shelters and transitional and permanent housing for those that have experienced homelessness and struggle with concurrent mental health and substance abuse challenges. Since immigrating to Seattle WA, in 2016, Trinley travels and teaches Shambhala programs and retreats full time.

Trinley is a student of the Sakyong, Mipham Rinpoche and was appointed as a shastri (senior teacher) in 2013. She has served as director of the social action arm of the Vancouver Centre, Awake in Action (2008-2011), on Vancouver’s governing council, advised on the Ziji Collective International steward’s council, and is on the board for the Shambhala Office of Social Engagement. Trinley serves on staff or faculty for many advanced Shambhala Assemblies. She resides in Seattle, WA with her husband Michael and cat, Buster.

Martina BoueyMartina Bouey has been an active member of the Shambhala sangha for over 12 years and has been teaching within the Shambhala Buddhist tradition for the past 4 years. Martina has worked in the field of international development for over 15 years where she had opportunities to develop, operate, manage and evaluate programs that enable individuals to empower themselves on local, national and international levels.  

Martina is very active in her community and currently serves as the treasurer of the board for NonProfit Votes, a national organization that partners with America’s nonprofits to help the people they serve participate and vote.  In addition, she is on the Governing Council of Skylake, a Shambhala retreat center, and she is leading People of Color (POC) initiatives in her local Boulder, CO sangha.


Prerequisite: None, open to all!

Location: Seattle Shambhala Center, 3107 E Harrison St, Seattle.

Our Generosity Policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please consider what works for you, and offer as much of the program fee as you can. For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a "patron price". Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.

Registration: When registering, you'll have the opportunity to pay online through PayPal (or by credit card), which greatly simplifies the process for us. For further details, see our Program Policies and FAQs page.

Questions? Please contact Sydney Munger, [email protected].