The importance of ideas, and this part of the course We all have a model of the world in our heads. Whether we are aware of it or not, we have a set of ideas, concepts, images, analogies and metaphors that we use to make sense of the world and guide our actions. It is as though we each had our own map of reality that we use to find our way around. This map is highly simplified, because reality is far too complex for us to hold in our heads. Our map bears a similar relationship to reality that a road map of France – say – bears to the actual country. If it is accurate, it is useful for finding our way around, but it leaves out almost all of the richness, beauty, complexity, mystery and wonder of the reality. If it is inaccurate, it is worse than useless, and will lead us into a succession of dead-ends, wild goose chases, and unpleasant experiences. So although our map is only ever a poor approximation to reality, it is still vitally important. Our beliefs and ideas about the nature of reality have a major effect on the way we feel, and on the way we live our life. Our beliefs can liberate us, or they can keep us stuck, and even trap us in downward spirals of negativity. So we need to look at our beliefs and ideas about the world if we want to make spiritual progress, or even if we just want to live an emotionally healthy and productive life. For this reason examining and refining the way we think about the world is an important part of Buddhist practice – just as important as practising ethics or meditation. Refining our ideas about reality is an important aspect of the third part of the threefold path – wisdom – and it is this that we will be focussing on in this part of the course.
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with Amoghavajri & Vimokshaja
Dates and Times6 weeks starting
Tuesday, 5th September, 2017
Times: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
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