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Creatively Engaging Consciousness and the World
Dates: Sep 11, 2020 - Sep 13, 2020
Online Course

Instructor(s): Martine Batchelor

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This course is an investigation of the Buddhist teaching of the five mental factors and the body in its environment (namarupa) in relation to emptiness and ethics. By exploring contact, attention, feeling-tone, perception, and intention, we will examine how consciousness relates to the experience of the self, the body, and the world. Martine Batchelor will lead an investigation into how to refine attention to recognize more clearly how we perceive objects in our interior and exterior worlds, create meaning, take action as a result of our perceptions, and with discernment, reduce suffering (dukkha) for ourselves and others. 

Online Course: Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and teachers in our online courses. When registering for an online course, please note that you should plan to commit to attending all scheduled sessions. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this course (shown in US Eastern Daylight Time), as well as the schedule for when content will be available, is as follows:

Friday, September 11

9:30 – 11:30 am Opening Session

2:00 – 3:00 pm Afternoon Session

Saturday, September 12

8:00 – 8:30 am Optional Meditation

9:30 – 11:30 am Morning Session

2:00 – 3:00 pm Afternoon Session

Sunday, September 13

8:00 – 8:30 am Optional Meditation

9:30 – 11:30 am Closing Session

  • Martine Batchelor was a Buddhist nun in Korea for ten years. She studied Son Buddhism under the guidance of the late Master Kusan and translated his book 'The Way of Korean Zen'. Following Master Kusan’s death she returned her nun’s vows and left Korea to live in Europe where she also studied insight meditation. She is the author of several books including The Path of Compassion and Women in Korean Zen, and The Spirit of the Buddha. At the moment she is focusing on meditation and compassion in daily life as described in her book Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits. Her latest book is What is this? Ancient questions for modern minds, co-authored with Stephen Batchelor.