A Course in Consciousness and Buddhism

with Dr Georges Dreyfus
Saturdays, for 5 weeks from 1st 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:

  • Primary book: The Phenomenological Mind, by Gallagher and Zahavi (book link)





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.

Class 2 Consciousness and intentionality

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

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”

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.

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.






‘APARTMENTS’ Meditation Centre

The center is a 4 minute walk from Ekkamai BTS Station.

We are 9/37 Thana Aket, Ekkamai Sukhumvit 63.

Enter Ekkamai (Sukhumvit Soi 63). Turn left into the second soi (lane). Bourbon street restaurant is on the corner. We’re the third building on the right, in the ‘APARTMENTS‘ building. Go up to the top floor. See the excellent map – it is very precise!little-bangkok-meditation-center-ekkamai

9 replies on “Course in Tibetan Buddhism – with Dr Georges Dreyfus”

  1. May we attend some of the classes only? Unfortunately I have a conflict of schedule for some of the days.

  2. I’m interested in joining the course.
    Can I ask for a reservation here?

    Best Regards.


  3. class #1 of the ‘Early Tibetan Buddhism Course’ with Dr. George Dreyfus, organized by Phra Pandit Bikkhu of the Little Bangkok Sangha – outstanding class, very interesting and extremely informative!
    It cleared up certain obscurities in Tantric yoga from point of view of Kundalini Yoga (historically and lineage of Yogi Bhajan, from his astral teacher, Guru Ram Das)
    Have tried to share on FB, but it didn’t go.
    Will do again.
    Looking forward to class #2
    Thank you!

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