What is the course about?
Even though Buddhism has spawned a great many schools and philosophical debates, at its core lies an account of our natural human endowment of desire, how this leads to unsatisfactoriness and suffering and the way to the cessation of this suffering through cultivating enlightened mind.
What will we cover?
• Unsatisfactoriness and suffering – the four noble ‘truths’
• Mind and psychology – the five skandhas
• ‘Emptiness’ (shunyata) – co-dependent causation
• Enlightened mind – living as a Bodhisattva.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Discuss, simply, the significance of ‘emptiness’ (shunyata) in Buddhist thinking.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course does not assume any prior knowledge, however some familiarity with or interest in Asian culture/ideas would be beneficial.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will run in seminar format with short presentations including group discussion and Q&A. Slides and relevant links will be available online. No work outside class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Notemaking equipment of your own choice. Handouts of portions of relevant texts will be provided during the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might be interested in Confucianism in a nutshell, (HP117) which starts on 13.1.20.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details