The Basic Goodness of Conflict: A Mindful Exploration of Conflict Transformation

with Geoff Cox

August 3rd—August 5th (2018)

Date details +
  • $175 Contributor Price
  • $150 Program Price
  • $35 Deposit
  • Amount after scholarship (from form)
Room: Main Shrine Room

Conflict is at the heart of what it means to be alive. It shows up in our relationships with our own mind, in our relationships with others, in communities, and in the global issues that threaten our shared future.  It is also a force that paves the way for exciting new possibilities and is fundamental to any understanding of growth in our self and the world. And at the same time it can be incredibly painful, challenging, and confusing to be with.

In this class we will be diving into the Shambhala Buddhist perspective of basic goodness and how that can be applied in the most practical and profound way to the conflicts we face every day inside us and around us.

We will use meditation, discussion, partner dialogue and teachings about conflict to understand our own relationship to conflict. We will also explore practices and perspectives that will help us move toward the challenging spots in our lives with courage, compassion, curiosity, and care.

Our class will be a living exploration in creating a brave space of authenticity, deep care, radical responsibility, and presence.  

This class will focus on:
-Exploring our relationship to conflict in a supportive community
-Meditation as a practice of self-conflict liberation
-Understanding our own conflict style
-Practical skills for relating to conflict
-Capacity building practices to increase our ability to navigate the challenging emotions that come with conflict in a way that leads to transformation and liberation.

 Questions? Need more information? Please contact Marta at [email protected]

About the Teacher:

Geoff cox
Geoff Cox is a Meditation Instructor in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and has been studying and practicing conflict transformation for over ten years. He teaches mindful communication at UVA, leads teen and adult meditation retreats, and mentors young meditation leaders around the country in facilitating the practice of social meditation, a meditative practice in social engagement and communication.  Geoff is also a licensed acupuncturist, a trauma-informed bodyworker and Qi Gong teacher, and a certified Integral Professional Coach™.


Program Fee
The Baltimore Shambhala Center relies on program registration fees, as well as on donations, to be able to cover our operating expenses, including the monthly rent. We very much value your paying the registration fee for this program, if you are able to afford this amount.  

We want anyone who wishes to study meditation and to experience the Shambhala view of basic goodness to be able to do so. Scholarships are available so that our programs are open to anyone, regardless of what tuition amount they are able to afford. (See link below if your are in need of a scholarship for this program. Scholarship requests are processed online, so that there is no delay in registration.)

A $35 deposit is requested if you can not pay the full program fee now (unless you are requesting a scholarship). If requesting a scholarship, please go to scholarship page before registering.


It is our objective to increase diversity at the Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center to better reflect our diverse community. To monitor our progress over time, we would like to collect information on the racial identity of participants. Providing this information, which will be tallied anonymously, is optional.
To enter this information, please click on this link.