Mind and Its World IV: Sautrantika Philosophical Tradition
Faculty: Dr. Sandra Roscoe and Susan Stewart
About this course: This course will explore aspects of the Sautrantika philosophical system, including how all knowable objects are classified into specifically and generally characterized phenomena —which this foundational system considers ultimate reality and relative reality, respectively. The Sautrantikas also have a unique perspective about what they consider to be “hidden” phenomena, such as karma, which is understood as extremely hidden. Plus, we will study their unique presentation on the aggregates, or skandhas.
We will also discuss the path and the results —or accomplishments— that are gained from practicing the foundational path, examine the meaning of path and some of the ways it is presented, which will different meditation practices that form the foundation of all Buddhist meditations. We will dive deeply into shamatha through meditation on repulsiveness, on the breath, and a visual exploration of the nine ways of abiding. And we will examine vipashyana by taking a detailed look at the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and the Four Noble Truths with their 16 aspects.
The course will conclude by describing the excellent qualities that manifest when becoming proficient in meditation, known as the 37 Branches of Enlightenment, and discussing the accomplishments or realizations of beings who fully engage with the path.
Analytical medications will be led at various points during the course to deepen our understanding of what we are studying and how it relates to our present-day lives.
From the Course Catalogue: This course is an exposition of the Sautrāntika philosophical tradition, followed by the presentation of the path and result of foundational Buddhism, based on The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds root text. Students explore classifications of knowable object into specifically and generally characterized phenomena as well as the Sautrāntika’s distinct presentation of the five aggregates. The path consists of calm abiding and superior insight.
Sundays 1月 22, 2023 - 4月 16, 2022, 10:00 am-11:30 am Pacific Time
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