course explores a perennial human predicament, the
nature and destructive potential of "negative" emotions — when,
for example, jealousy turns into murderous rage. The
Buddhist tradition has long pointed out that recognizing
and transforming negative emotions lies at the heart
of spiritual practice. From the perspective of science,
many of these same emotional states played a critical
role in human survival—but now, in modern life, they
pose grave dangers to our individual and collective
Buddhism and Western philosophy/psychology
offer different perspectives on the nature of emotions
and when they become "destructive." In the first module
of this course you can explore some of these perspectives
as well as your relationship to negative emotions.
we have identified the destructive emotions and seen
their causes and their detrimental effects, then we
can ask what the antidote is for these afflictions.
What is the medicine? How can we counteract them? The
second module presents a 1500-year-old teaching on
the destructive potential of one negative emotion— anger — and
ways to develop patience as an antidote to the arising
Heart Sutra: a gate to its context and history - Red
Pine & Ashoka
Heart Sutra has been beloved by Buddhists of many
traditions for over 1500 years. It has also been
been debated and analyzed in commentaries thoughout
its history. In this getting started module we introduce
the Heart Sutra, its history, and background information
on the setting and story it tells. This getting started
module is not a line-by-line commentary but rather
a prelude to the many voices we will be offering
for Life - taught by Martine Batchelor
This course offers various ideas, suggestions, techniques and reflections that will enable you to explore meditation for yourself. Doing so will help you to uncover the qualities of compassion and wisdom that are already within you. In this course Martine Batchelor does not present any one Buddhist school but rather explains a variety of practices and ideas from different traditions -- ones that she has found to work for ordinary people in the modern world.
Zen Art for Meditation –
taught by Stewart Holmes & Chimyop Horioka
This course offers you an opportunity to encounter 18 classical Chinese and Japanese ink paintings and, by reflecting on them, to experience certain insights into human nature and the universe. Each picture is accompanied by a brief commentary focused on a Zen tenet and illuminated by haiku poems.
You can view the pictures and read the accompanying commentary and haikus. Or you are invited to use these offerings as a meditation instrument.