Working with Emotions: Buddhist Perspectives
School of Consciousness and Transformation PARA 7157 3.00
What are emotions? Friends or enemies? We will explore via readings and experiential exercises, the nature of emotional energies, with special attention to Indo-Tibetan spiritual traditions. This course will focus on the cognitive and affective dimensions of emotional upset, and three ways of working: Training in Mindful Awareness (Theravadin), Transforming Awareness (Mahayana), and Direct Recognition of the energetic core of such upset (Tantra). Western philosophical and psychological literature on emotion will be comparatively explored. This class will be useful for finding supportive ways to work with traumatic energy through gentle transformation practices in a supportive environment.