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The Map of Wisdom: Joseph Goldstein on the Core Buddhist Teachings

Online Program
Dates: Apr 23, 2023

Instructor(s): Joseph Goldstein, William Edelglass

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There are a number of core Buddhist teachings that we encounter in the early discourses. How do the ideas of impermanence, dependent arising, non-self, the Four Noble Truths, karma, compassion, and other essential teachings relate to each other? How do these core Buddhist insights complement meditation practice and support progress on the Path? This freely offered, dana-based online conversation between BCBS co-founder Joseph Goldstein and BCBS Director of Studies, William Edelglass, will be based on two talks Joseph gave last summer that explore the essential insights of the Buddha in the early discourses and how they relate to each other.

Joseph grounds his presentation, in the first talk, in the fundamental teaching that everything changes and how this insight illumines reality and informs the Four Noble Truths of suffering and its ending. In the second talk, Joseph continues his exploration, showing how the insights discussed in his first talk are directly connected to Buddhist teachings on dependent arising, karma, ethics, and compassion. While Joseph and William will take up the questions and themes explored in these two talks, it will be accessible to everyone, regardless of whether one has already listened to Joseph’s two talks.

    About the Instructor(s):
  • Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and lovingkindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where he is on the guiding teachers’ Founders Council. In 1989, together with several other teachers and students of insight meditation, he helped establish the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.

    Joseph first became interested in Buddhism as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand in 1965. Since 1967, he has studied and practiced different forms of Buddhist meditation under eminent teachers from India, Burma, and Tibet. He is the author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, A Heart Full of Peace, One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism, Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom, The Experience of Insight, and co-author of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom and Insight Meditation: A Correspondence Course.

  • 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.