A Course in Consciousness and Buddhism
with Dr Georges Dreyfus
Saturdays, for 5 weeks from 28th July
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:
- Primary book: The Phenomenological Mind, by Gallagher and Zahavi UPDATE : Free book download link here
- Clark Mindware1
- Waking, Dreaming
- Watzl Attention Nature 2
|Saturday July 28th
Class 1: Attention and consciousness
Wu, Attention, 11-41, 176-207, 270-274
Gallagher and Zahavi, The Phenomenological Mind, chap. 1, 2. 5, 6.
Saturday Aug. 11th
Gallagher and Zahavi, The Phenomenological Mind, chap. 3, 4
Saturday Aug. 18th
Wegner, “Apparent Mental Causation,”
Saturday Aug. 25th
Barrett, How Emotions Are Made, Chap 12
About the Speaker
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.
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.
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 are the GPS coordinates if you prefer : 13.739356, 100.564748