All the problems and difficulties that we face in our daily lives are, from a Buddhist point of view, rooted in a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of reality. Things appear to exist more solidly, permanently and independently of each other than is actually the case.
This fundamental misunderstanding gives rise to all the other afflictive states of mind that cause us problems. The main antidote to this is the ‘Wisdom of Emptiness’, which helps us appreciate a world filled with a wondrous interdependence that extends to our own mind and awareness.
During this module we will be exploring (through presentation, discussion and meditation) different philosophical approaches to emptiness/selflessness and how we can apply these practically to reduce problems in the here and now, as well as leading us towards eventual liberation and enlightenment.
We will particularly be exploring the Madyamaka Prasangika view, considered by many to be the most subtle and profound explanation of emptiness.
Join us as we continue our study of Geshe Tashi’s popular Foundation of Buddhist Thought course. This is the fifth module in the course, but all are welcome, whether you have studied the previous modules or not.
We will be basing the classes on the book, The Awakening Mind, by Geshe Tashi. It would be helpful if you have your own copy to read each chapter ahead of the class. We have a few for sale at the reduced price of £5 each in our own bookshop.