Mind & Its World I and Clear Thinking Registration
BUD 501: Jirka Hladiš
BUD 502: Jirka Hladiš with teachers in training Susan Aposhyan, Francis Sullivan
Attendance: In-person & Online
Residential Location: 100 Arapahoe Ave #6, Boulder, CO 80302
BUD 501: Tuesday evenings, 6:00pm-8:00pm MT, October 25, 2016 – January 31, 2017 (12 classes)
BUD 502: Sunday afternoons, 1:00pm-4:00pm MT, October 30, 2016 – January 22, 2017 (12 classes)
This course explores the criteria of a valid cognition and its various classifications, based on the teachings of the Pramana tradition, or Buddhist epistemology and cognitive psychology. We will analyze our consciousness and determine to what degree it is in agreement with its observed object or not; when our mind is direct or not; what the difference is between deceiving and nondeceiving, mistaken and nonmistaken, conceptual and nonconceptual types of awareness.
This course has a two-fold purpose: to present a detailed analysis of knowable objects in the form of definitions, examples, equivalents and classifications and then to train in methods for thinking clearly through learning about Tibetan debate. The first set of skills is based on Collected Topics, the introductory textbook of Buddhist Abhidharma. In relaxed environment students learn the second set of skills by discussing the four kinds of relations that knowable objects may have with one another.
- Root text: Classifications of Mind, (Lorik), by Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Nitartha Institute Publications
- Mind & Its World 1 Sourcebook, Nitartha Institute Publications
- Root text: Collected Topics (Düdra), by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications
- Clear Thinking Workbook, Nitartha Institute Publications
Texts may be purchased from the Nalandabodhi Bookstore: http://nalandastore.com.