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Exploring Nibbana: A Conversation with Joseph Goldstein

Online Program
Dates: Jan 09, 2022

Instructor(s): Joseph Goldstein, William Edelglass

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Course Description:

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 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. 

    About the Instructor(s):
  • 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 publishes broadly in Buddhist studies, environmental humanities, and philosophy.  William has practiced in several different Buddhist traditions and has taught widely in dharma centers, academia, as a wilderness guide, and at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, in Dharamsala, India.  William is chair of the board of directors of the International Association of Environmental Philosophy and co-editor of the journal, Environmental Philosophy. His most recent publication is The Routledge Handbook of Indian Buddhist Philosophy (2022).