Early Buddhist texts, often associated with a rational approach to mind-training, contain a wealth of evocative linguistic imagery: analogies, similes, and parables abound. Rather than speaking to the reasoning mind, these images appeal to the intuitive, the imaginal, and the affective in us. This weekend course, in a pleasurable amble through early Indian texts, is dedicated to some of the most well-known images, as well as some less familiar, in early Buddhist literature. We will especially focus on images illuminating aspects of meditation. The course is aimed at gaining greater familiarity and ease with some of the riches in Buddhist texts with the intention to deepen appreciation of how imagery can inspire and support meditative practice.
This course is freely offered in collaboration with Bodhi College. All donations (dana) will be split between Akincano Weber 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 the course for the entire time period outlined -- beginning on the evening of the first day and ending in the afternoon of the final day. The schedule for this course (shown in US Eastern Daylight Time and Central European Time) is as follows:
Friday, August 28th
EDT 1:00–2:30 pm / CET 19:00–20:30: Opening Session & Overview
Saturday, August 29th
EDT 7:30 – 8:30 am / CET 13:30–14:30: Sitting
EDT 9:00 – 11:00 am / CET 15:00–17:00: Presentation
EDT 2:00–3:00 pm / CET 20:00 – 21:00 Presentation
Sunday, August 30th
EDT 7:30 – 8:30 am / CET 13:30–14:00: Sitting
EDT 9:00 – 11:00 am / CET 15:00–17:00: Closing Session
Please check the time of the group meetings in your timezone here, and please note that sessions will not be recorded.