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.