Buddhist Psychos are back
Saturday 7th January 1:30-3:30pm
IS EGOLESSNESS A PATHOLOGICAL STATE?
with Dr Georges Drefus
Psychologists, Buddhists, meditators and absolutely anyone else is invited to join this special event with Dr Georges. Many regulars in Bangkok know him from a popular ‘Course in Indian Buddhism‘ he taught for us in 2016.
- 1:30 meet at the Bangkok Meditation Center
- 1:45-3:30 Talk, questions, discussion
No need to book. Event is free of charge.
Bring your brains – Georges speaks loud and clear, but you gotto keep up…!
Is the experience of egolessness and/or no-self, an important step on the spiritual path to enlightenment?
Is such an experience not unlike a pathological state of depersonalization – in which the person loses the ability to own their own actions?
Our question is: what differentiates the spiritual realization of egolessness from the pathology of depersonalization? It’s definitely not a question that has ever been fully resolved. But we can explore the line of questioning by asking what exactly is a self anyway? What are it’s components, and how is it affected by meditation?
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 meant being fluent in Tibetan, and led to roles as a translator for some 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 explores the Tibetan reception of Buddhist epistemology. He also wrote on Madhyamaka philosophy, co-editing a volume with Sara McClintock, The Svatantrika-Prasangika Distinction: What Difference does a Difference make? His most recent work, The Sound of Two Hands Clapping: the Education of a Tibetan Buddhist Monk reflects in a partly autobiographical mode the education of Tibetan monks and the intellectual practices involved.
‘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!