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Wise View: A Practitioner’s Guide to Core Ideas in Early Buddhist Texts

Residential Program
Dates: Feb 11, 2022 - Feb 15, 2022

Instructor(s): William Edelglass

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Course Description:

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:
Noble silence will be observed following each evening session through breakfast the following morning.

Experience Level:
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.

Cancellation Policy:
During the pandemic, there is a cancellation fee of $50 for all residential 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):
  • William Edelglass is Director of Studies at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.  He is a scholar who has practiced in several Buddhist traditions.  In addition to teaching at dharma centers, William was a college professor for two decades, taught in a federal prison in New York, as a wilderness guide for many years, and at the Institute for Buddhist Dialectics, in Dharamsala, India.

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