Date(s) - May 25, 2018 - May 27, 2018
Varieties of Buddhist Meditation:
History, Theory, and Practice in India and Tibet
– A Presentation by John Dunne
– Filmed On-Location By Wisdom Publications
Tergar Madison Meditation Center
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Contemplative practice plays a central role in all Buddhist traditions, and this course offers an accessible account of the varieties of core practices and their underlying theories.
We begin by exploring the styles of practice prominent in early Buddhism, and we then examine the new versions of practice, including tantric approaches, that arise with the Mahāyāna or “Great Vehicle” in India. We then turn to the contemplative styles that these Indian approaches inspire in the traditions of Tibet.
Throughout the course, we will seek to understand the underlying theories—and the sometimes bewildering terminology—that explains and informs practices. Along the way, we will also see how contemporary scientific research on contemplation can help us to understand some aspects of Buddhist meditation.
Overall, we will seek to understand and appreciate the variety of Buddhist practices both theoretically and experientially.
*NOTE: this event is comprised of presentations by Dr. Dunne that will be filmed by Wisdom Publications to create a course for the Wisdom Academy.
Question and answer periods will be included but the audience will not be filmed.
About John Dunne, Ph.D.
John Dunne’s work focuses on Buddhist philosophy and contemplative practice, especially in dialog with Cognitive Science and Psychology. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and holds the Distinguished Chair in Contemplative Humanities through the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He also holds a co-appointment in the UW Department of Asian Languages & Cultures and is a Fellow and former Board member of the Mind and Life Institute.
Dates and Timing of Filming Sessions:
- Friday, May 25, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
- Saturday, May 26, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
- Sunday, May 27, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
*NOTE: The time required by Dr. Dunne, Wisdom Publications and the videographer to film the course material may vary. There will be a morning session and an afternoon session each day with a lunch break in between, and we estimate that sessions will be roughly two hours each. Lunch is not provided.
- Base: $60 / day
- Sponsor: $85 / day — This level allows us to offer a reduced price to full-time students and those on a limited income.
- Reduced: $35 / day — Reduced fee for full-time students and others with limited incomes
If the admission fee creates an obstacle to attending this event, please contact us.
To account for variation in participants’ availability to attend daily, registration for each day is separate.
Space for these rare presentations will be limited, and the registration responsibilities are time-consuming. Cancellations after May 14th will incur a $15 administration fee.
Tergar Meditation Community – Madison
Tergar Madison, Madison WI, United States