In early Buddhist texts, wise view is often described as the “forerunner of all wholesome things” (AN V, 236). Positioned as the first step of the Eightfold Path, it lays the foundation for awakening and helps us discern between skillful and unskillful manifestations of all other path factors.
In this course, we will explore wise view as it appears in early Buddhist discourses, supplemented by traditional and contemporary scholarship. Through small-group sutta study, lecture, and discussion, we will investigate wise view itself, as well as some of the core views of early Buddhist texts, such as dependent arising, non-self, impermanence, dukkha, the Four Noble Truths, emptiness, and liberation. Finally, we will examine some of the ways that early Buddhist texts suggest we hold these views, ways that are themselves liberating from conceptual entanglements.
Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:
Noble silence will be observed following the evening session through breakfast the following morning.
This course is suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
Three spaces will be held for self-identified BIPOC participants until eight weeks before this course begins when they will be released generally. Therefore, we encourage you to join the waitlist even if the course appears full as additional spaces may become available. Please see our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies for more information.
As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.