Buddhist philosophy in a nutshell
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HP127
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
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.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
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 Being and beauty: the philosophy of Japanese aesthetics, (HP117) which starts in January 2022.
From reading Philosophy at a young age to the formal study of Cognitive Science, Philosophy & Psychology at the Universities of London and Sussex - after a prior career in video-arts - John Goff has been presenting philosophy courses to adults since the early 2000s. He uses a cross-disciplinary, seminar-based approach in his courses, drawing on Philosophy, Psychology and the wider Humanities & Social Sciences with an emphasis on the intersection of contemporary and classical European and Asian philosophical thought. He is the author of several works of philosophical fiction concerning artificial minds and organisms and alternative-human worlds including the novel 'The Last Days of the Most Hidden Man' and the novellas 'Eidopolis', 'Agents of Erasure' and 'Jupiter|Saturn'. His academic writings can be found on his academia.edu page at 'https://independentscholar.academia.edu/JohnGoff'.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.