Awakening to the World - Buddhist Explorations of Inner and Outer Landscapes
School of Consciousness and Transformation PAR 6081 3.00
Being in this world at this time calls for extraordinary courage, compassion, and wisdom. The temptation to despair, to give up the vital impulse to seek meaning and fulfillment, is strong. This course will explore from the Buddhist perspective the material and spiritual forces that have shaped us and that continue to offer possibilities of a positive response. Drawing on primary and secondary sources in the Buddhist traditions, the course will investigate traditional practices of personal transformation with the aim of creating well-being for communities. This course will have a strong experiential component: there will be meditation sessions in the tradition of mindfulness-insight in each class with a two-day meditation retreat at the end of the semester.