This course brings together a close reading of a classic text from the Pali Canon (The Five Faultless Gifts) with an embodied, interpersonal exploration of lived experience. The focus will be ethics, in particular the five precepts, viewed through the lens of restraint (what not to do) and virtue (what to do). Through lecture, contemplative meditation, and above all, through open-ended and semi-structured Bohmian dialogue, participants will be led through a series of community-focused queries, gathering around issues of action in the contemporary world, with its tensions of race, class, gender, power, livelihood, and other possibilities for right action and awakening.
To gain greater understanding of the textual tradition of the Buddhist precepts through a close reading of the Five Faultless Gifts; to enter experientially into the frameworks of “restraint” and “virtue” through lecture and discussion; to apply the lay precepts in the complexity and nuance of our own modern lives through intra & interpersonal dialogue; to reinvigorate our relationship to the precepts and reaffirm them as the baseline of dhamma practice; and to gain support and insight from each other for how to make the precepts relevant in today’s world.
Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:
Noble silence will be observed following the evening session through breakfast the following morning.
Suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.