The Buddhist path entails an integrated pursuit of virtue, genuine happiness, and truth, and the exploration and transformation of mind is central to this endeavor. Just as Galileo refined and used the telescope to examine celestial phenomena and van Leeuwenhoek refined and used the microscope to examine minute organisms, so did Gautama the Buddha refine and use focused, balanced attention as the instrument for examining mental phenomena. Among the three dimensions of consciousness, the first is the psyche, second is the substrate consciousness, and third is primordial consciousness. Each of these will be explained, together with means for exploring them experientially. The lecture will conclude with a discussion of the role of empiricism and skepticism in science and Buddhism.
- SRI 14 sessions
- June 22, 2004Garrison, New York