Buddhist Meditative Traditions in India and Tibet

School of Consciousness and Transformation PARA 7190 3.00

In this course, we examine the variety of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist meditative/contemplative practices, and and their associated textual sources. We cover the basic techniques of shamatha (calming mindfulness-focused) practices, vipashyana/vipassana (expanded insight practices), and Buddhist Tantric visualization practices using deity yoga. Who is the one who meditates? We explore the variety of "selves" and agency in the context of meditation. Why do Buddhists say they meditate? We explore the key term of marga (path/journey) of spiritual transformation and how meditation, in all its varieties, is meant to stimulate such transformation.

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