Consciousness: Eastern Philosophy of Mind and Contemplative Practices
Summer 2017 quarter (First Session)
Can consciousness be studied through trained subjective experience? In the recent decade, methodologies utilizing first person inquiry have evolved as a crucial tool in investigating the nature of consciousness. Exploring and comprehending the nature and function of human consciousness can help us to discover our innate potential at the deepest levels of advanced consciousness. Students in this program will integrate the findings of Western science with Eastern (Buddhist) philosophies of mind, and will engage in contemplative techniques such as systematic training in universal ethics, refined attention, classical/contemporary mindfulness, analytical skills, and direct experience. Main areas of inquiry include the nature of mind and its functions, store-house consciousness, grosser and subtler mind, conceptual thought and non-conceptual awareness, attention, emotions and perceptions.
Location and Schedule
Time OfferedEvening and Weekend
Mon, Wed, 6-10 pm; Sat 9 am - 4:30 pm