Course in Buddhism and Consciousness with Dr Georges

A Course in Consciousness and Buddhism

with Dr Georges Dreyfus
Saturdays, for 5 weeks from 28th July

Dr Prof. Georges Dreyfus
Dr Georges Dreyfus a long time ago…


We’re holding a new course on Buddhism and modern consciousness research, led by one of our great Bangkok resources Dr Georges Dreyfus. Periodically it’s great to go into these topics in real depth – more than we ever get to with ad-hoc dharma talks. You don’t have to be a scholar, but you do need to be keen:

  • for 5 Saturday early afternoons from July 28th – August 25th
  • by donation
  • course covers key areas in the relation of modern consciousness studies, and the Buddhist model of how mind and awareness work.
  • Saturdays 1:30-3:30pm, in English


About the Course:





Saturday July 28th
Class 1: Attention and consciousness

Wu, Attention, 11-41, 176-207, 270-274
Thompson, Waking, Dreaming, Being
Watzl, “The Nature of Attention”
Lutz, et al., “Attention regulation and monitoring in meditation” 

Google: change blindness. hemi-neglect, stroop effect, binocular rivalry.

Saturday Aug.4th
Class 2 Consciousness and intentionality

Gallagher and Zahavi, The Phenomenological Mind, chap. 1, 2. 5, 6.
Clark, Mindware, Introduction & Chap 1

Saturday Aug. 11th
Class 3 Consciousness and selfhood

Gallagher and Zahavi, The Phenomenological Mind, chap. 3, 4
Fasching, “Consciousness, self-consciousness and meditation”
Dreyfus, “What happens when the self goes”

Saturday Aug. 18th
Class 4 :
Do we have free will?

Wegner, “Apparent Mental Causation,” 
Gallagher and Zahavi, The Phenomenological Mind, chap.7, 8, 10
Hanna & Maiese, Embodied Minds in Action, 195-202.

Saturday Aug. 25th
Class 5 Buddhism and the science of positive affects

Barrett, How Emotions Are Made, Chap 12
Panksepp, “Affective Consciousness: Core emotional feelings in animals and humans,” 1-5 
Maiese, “Body and Emotion” in the Routledge Handbook of Embodied Cognition, 231-239 
Dreyfus and Thompson, “The Abhidharma Tradition and its View of the Mind” 

Chambers & al, “Mindful emotion regulation,”


About the Speaker

Modern day Georges

Dr Georges B. J. Dreyfus studied for fifteen years as an ordained Tibetan monk in Tibetan monastic universities in India and was the first ever Westerner to receive the title of Geshe – the highest distinction of scholarly learning in the Tibetan system. This necessitated becoming fluent in Tibetan, leading to roles as a translator for several of the very great Tibetan masters of the era.

After leaving the monkhood, he completed a Ph.D in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia before joining Williams College where he is presently the Jackson Professor of religion.  His first book, Recognizing Reality: Dharmakirti’s Philosophy and its Tibetan Interpretations, (Suny: 1997), explores the Tibetan reception of Buddhist epistemology.  He has also written on Madhyamaka philosophy, co-editing a volume with Sara McClintock, The Svatantrika-Prasangika Distinction: What Difference does a Difference make?  (Wisdom, 2003).  His last work, The Sound of Two Hands Clapping: the Education of a Tibetan Buddhist Monk (University of California, 2003), reflects in a partly autobiographical mode on the education of Tibetan monks and the intellectual practices that foster this education.


Getting there:

Please follow the map. It is VERY precise. It is easy to find: there are only one or two turns depending on which direction you are coming from. It is an 11 minute walk from Asoke BTS and even closer to Sukhumvit MRT

Go down Sukhumvit 23 to the first four way intersection. Turn right, and then turn right again at the end of the road.

Or just ask the motorcycles inside Sukhumvit 23 – they know the way.


Or if you need more definite pointers:Rojana-arrows

A few tips:

  • Don’t ask locals or taxi drivers the way – they will not know the Rojana Centre, and will send you somewhere else instead. They will all know Sukhumvit 23, so go there and find your own way.
  • Follow the map – plenty of landmarks are shown and it it extremely precise!
  • In Thai the centre is known as Rojanatam 
  • Quite a few other foreigners will be heading there at the same time.

Here is the Google Map link, if you prefer this method

Here are the GPS coordinates if you prefer : 13.739356, 100.564748

Video Channel for the group is here

facebook group is here

Meetup group is here