Buddhist Studies Classes:

Understanding Our Mind (Class One of the Buddhist Psychology Series)

Thich Nhat HanhA twelfth-century Zen master said, “When we understand how our mind works, the practice becomes easy.” In this course we will explore classic Buddhist teachings on the nature of mind and its functions, including how these combine to bring about the world and the life we experience. The course will include meditation, lecture, and discussion. The texts will be available at the first class.

Download course description (PDF).

Registration Information

Wednesdays, Sept. 27—Nov. 15 (eight sessions) 7:00-9:00 P.M.
$185 (members $165) (includes two course texts)

Member rates apply to members of all local Dharma centers. Reduced fees are offered as needed; please contact the Center at (612) 781-7640.

Register online, print and mail a registration form, or call (612) 781-7640. (To register online, payment can be entered in the box to the right of “Buddhist Studies” under “Program Fees.”)

 

Buddhist Psychology Series: A Special Year-Long Program of Study and Practice

Mind is the forerunner of all things.– the Buddha

A central concern of the Buddha Dharma, and of all of us as humans, is the nature of our mind. Our mind largely determines our experience in this world—how much trouble for ourselves and others we cause, how much kindness and support we offer, how much freedom and luminosity we realize. Meditation practice helps us see how our mind works, and the teachings of Buddhist psychology help us know what to look for.

In this three-part series we will explore various aspects of consciousness and how the mind functions to create our world. We will draw upon over a thousand years of development in Buddhist investigation of the mind, from the Abhidhamma of the Pali Canon to later Mahayana teachings, including the Yogacara teachings of manas and store consciousness. We will also examine some of the recent discoveries in neuroscience.

Fall 2017: Understanding Our Mind

Winter 2018: Constructing the Self

Spring 2018: How Enlightenment Works

Spring 2017: Zen Insight

Taught by Michael O’Neal and Joen Snyder O’Neal

In Buddhist practice one of the basic trainings is in prajña, usually translated as wisdom or deep understanding. When we look very deeply into the nature of our lives and our world, what do we see? What does it mean to transcend duality and touch ultimate reality? What is the wisdom of nondiscrimination? And how does this affect our everyday lives?

In this course we will explore the interplay of unity and differentiation that makes up the contents of our experience. We will study interbeing and sunyata—emptiness. We will examine how wisdom practice connects with meditation and ethical conduct. And we will see how the cultivation of this practice is beneficial both for ourselves and for others.

The course texts will be two by Thich Nhat Hanh: The Heart of Understanding and No Death, No Fear.

Registration Information

Minneapolis (#B81)
Wednesdays, March 29 – May 10 (seven sessions) 7:00-9:00 P.M.
$180 (members $160) (includes course text)

Member rates apply to members of all local Dharma centers. Reduced fees are offered as needed; please contact the Center at (612) 781-7640.

Register online, print and mail a registration form, or call (612) 781-7640. (There are options for registration under the options for contributions on this site.)