As human beings, we are subject not only to perceptual, but to cognitive illusions. A central insight of Buddhist thought is that these illusions lie at the root of suffering, and that suffering can only be eliminated if these illusions are extirpated. Among the most pervasive and pernicious of these illusions is the sense that we are selves. But how do we come to see ourselves as selfless without falling into a nihilistic view that we don't exist at all, that we have no agency, or no responsibility? The answer is to come to see ourselves as persons. In these four evenings we will explore what it is to be a person, but to lack a self, and the understanding of human life and morality that this enables.
This course is offered freely. Donations will be shared between Jay L. Garfield and BCBS.
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 Time) is as follows:
Meeting Schedule: Mondays, 7:30 – 8:50 pm between November 30 and December 21.
Please check the time of the group meetings in your timezone here. The presentations will be recorded and shared with participants within 24-36 hours.