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Exploring Nibbana: A Conversation with Joseph Goldstein
Dates: Jan 09, 2022
Online Course

Instructor(s): Joseph Goldstein, William Edelglass

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At different times in our lives and meditation practice, we may get glimpses of something beyond our ordinary, conventional reality, touching a space that transforms our vision of who we are and what the world is. And these intimations can provide a powerful impetus to our practice as we begin to taste the possibility of freedom. Although we may have many selfless moments in our lives, it is the experience of Nibbana that finally uproots the delusion of self-centeredness. Given that it is the clearly stated goal and aim of the Buddha’s teaching, the noble end of what makes the Eightfold Path noble, it seems important to explore the meaning and experience of Nibbana. Please join us for this conversation with Joseph Goldstein, co-founder of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS), and William Edelglass, BCBS Director of Studies. Joseph and William will explore different approaches to Nibbana as discussed in Joseph’s recent article published in the Insight Journal, and how even as we work to alleviate the societal causes of suffering, we can also strive to realize the ultimate refuge and help others find this peace. 


Online Event: This event will be hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform and closed captions are available. 

Sunday, January 9, 2022

7:30 – 9:00 pm EST

Registered participants will receive a link to the recording within 48 hours.

As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming; please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.

  • Joseph Goldstein is a co-founder and guiding teacher of IMS. He has been teaching vipassanā and mettā retreats worldwide since 1974. In 1989, he helped establish BCBS and, more recently, IMS's Forest Refuge. He is the author of One Dharma, The Experience of Insight, and Insight Meditation, and co-author of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom.

  • William Edelglass is Director of Studies at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.  He is a scholar who has practiced in several Buddhist traditions.  In addition to teaching at dharma centers, William was a college professor for two decades, taught in a federal prison in New York, as a wilderness guide for many years, and at the Institute for Buddhist Dialectics, in Dharamsala, India.


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