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Painting the Sky: Image and Simile in Buddhist Literature
Dates: Aug 28, 2020 - Aug 30, 2020
Online Course

Instructor(s): Akincano Weber

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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.


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 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 13:30–14:00: Sitting

EDT 9:00 – 11:00 am / CET 15:00–17:00: Presentation

EDT 2:00–3:00 pm / CET 20:00 – 21:00 Closing Session

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: Presentation

  • Akincano M. Weber is a European scholar-practitioner, psychotherapist, and Buddhist teacher. He has lived as a monastic for 20 years in the Forest monasteries of Thailand and Europe, studied Pali and scriptures, and holds an M.A. in Buddhist psychotherapy. He is guiding teacher of Atammaya Cologne, co-founder of Bodhi College, and teaches Dharma, Buddhist Psychology, and meditation internationally.


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