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Pleasure, Like and Craving

Residential Program
Dates: Jul 23, 2019 - Jul 28, 2019
Days: Tuesday - Sunday
Number of Nights: 5 nights

Instructor(s): Akincano Weber, Judson Brewer

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Course Description:

Tanhā, variously translated as thirst, drought, or desire, is a central early Buddhist teaching in the understanding of the arising of dukkha. It is an existential condition that compels all beings to seek gratification and appeasement. Traditional Buddhist interpretations see desire as a reprehensible condition. The magnitude of the affect and the pathos of the ensuing pursuit is, however, complicated by the fact that desire also lies at the heart of motivation and the quest for excellence and liberation.

This course argues that tanhā cannot be simply negated. We will discern the role of pleasure, like, craving and addiction in our human lives through the lens of Buddhist contemplative traditions, psychology and recent research in neuroscience. This course offers practitioners realistic ways to engage with craving and its conditions. The program is intended for people with a serious meditation practice and will focus on a practical and psychological exploration of the topic. The schedule will consist of classroom discussions, small group discussions, formal practice, and noble silence.

Note: The course will begin with Akincano on Tuesday and on Thursday Judson Brewer will join for the duration of the program.

Learning Intentions:

To understand how the notion of extinguishing desire is an incomplete view in the context of early Buddhist teachings; recognize the role of tanhā in the process of seeking liberation; and become familiar with contemporary neuroscience research on addiction and craving.

Experience Level:
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • Akincano M. Weber is a European Buddhist practitioner, teacher and psychotherapist. A former monk, he practiced for 20 years in Thai Forest monasteries East and West and studied Buddhist Psychotherapy in London (M.A.). He is co-founder of Bodhi College, involved in several MBI teacher and CPD trai­nings and is the guiding voice of Atammaya Cologne. He lives with his wife in the Rhineland from where he teaches inter­natio­nally.