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The Practice, Power, and Challenges of Skillfully Engaging Views (ditthi)

Residential Program
Dates: Jul 02, 2023 - Jul 06, 2023
Days: Sunday - Thursday
Number of Nights: 4 nights

Instructor(s): Akincano Weber

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Course Description:

Our attachment to views often results in our own suffering and conflict with others. Simply trying to be free of views doesn’t work and runs the risk of enacting them unconsciously. What to do with the human proclivity for views? Early Buddhist teachings reveal a layered approach to the phenomenon of diṭṭhi. Wary of their limiting effect and the passion they incite and conscious of the power they hold to motivate and engender wholesomeness, we are given apparently paradoxical advice: to aim for no views and to cultivate appropriate ones. A close reading reveals a number of skillful means to deal with the adoption, evaluation, release, and also the cultivation of views. 

This study-practice program explores different teachings on diṭṭhi and inquires into the present-day psychological strategies of how to understand and release views and how to cultivate wholesome and effective perspectives on the path. Each day will include two daily study-blocks with lectures, reading, and exploration in small groups, framed by meditation in sitting, walking, and noble silence.

Noble Silence:
Noble silence will be observed following each evening session through breakfast the following morning. Additional silent practice periods will be scheduled throughout the program.

Experience Level:
Suitable for intermediate and advanced practitioners.

Cancellation Policy:
If you need to cancel your registration, please contact us as soon as possible. If you cancel two or more weeks before a program begins, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs. If you cancel less than two weeks before your program begins, your full deposit is forfeited. If you received financial assistance, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs.

Covid-19 Safety Protocol:
Please review our Covid-19 Safety Protocols here: https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/covid-19/.

As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming. Please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.
    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.