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Exploring the Foundations of Buddhist Thought and Practice

Residential Program
Dates: Mar 15, 2024 - Mar 18, 2024
Days: Friday - Monday
Number of Nights: 3 nights

Instructor(s): William Edelglass

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Program Description:

In “The Longer Simile of the Elephant’s Footprint,” the Buddha is quoted as saying: “One who sees dependent origination sees the dharma. One who sees the dharma sees dependent origination.” For much of Buddhist history, studying doctrine was a prerequisite for meditation, as it helped practitioners understand the nuance of their meditation. This program will explore how dependent origination, the foundational insight of Buddhist thought and practice, helps us understand other basic doctrines, such as emptiness, the three characteristics of impermanence, dukkha, and non-self, and the five aggregates, the constituent elements of human experience. We will undertake this exploration through presentation, discussion, and meditation. Throughout, we will attend to the ways in which study and practice in Buddhist traditions are mutually supportive. 

Noble Silence:
Noble silence will be observed following each evening session through breakfast the following morning.

Experience Level:
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.

Cancellation Policy:
This policy applies to all residential and Path programs. Please note cancellation fees are at most $50 for those receiving financial assistance. Prior to six weeks before the program start date, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs more than two nights and $25 for programs two nights or less. 50% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel between two and six weeks of the program start date. 100% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel less than two weeks before the program start date.

Covid-19 Safety Protocol:
Please review our Covid-19 Safety Protocols here: https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/covid-19/.

As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive 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.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • William Edelglass is Director of Studies at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.  He also teaches at Smith College, where he is the Director of the Five College Tibetan Studies Program in India, and is adjunct professor at the Central University for Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India.  His scholarship explores questions 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 in several Tibetan academic institutions in India.  William’s most recent book is The Routledge Handbook of Indian Buddhist Philosophy.