“All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts.” –The Dhammapada
The mind is the only thing we are constantly and directly engaged with. Our mental experiences, such as perception, emotion, mood, understanding, concentration, and distraction, not only color our moment-to-moment realities but also constitute them. And while we can understand the brain objectively using the latest imaging technologies, we know our minds primarily by studying our of own subjective experience.
The Buddha taught extremely sophisticated methods for understanding and exploring the mind. Come learn about and try these powerful methods in this special retreat all about the mind, from Buddhist epistemology (the study of how we know what we know) and psychology to Mahamudra, one of Tibetan Buddhism’s most profound methods for discovering the ultimate nature of the mind. By better understanding our minds, we can learn how to develop our innate potential for limitless happiness, wisdom, and compassionate lovingkindness!
This retreat is the culminating event for All About the Mind: Buddhist Psychology and Epistemology, though all are welcome to join.
This is an online-only event that is administered using Zoom which is an interactive video-conferencing tool that allows participants to see one another and ask questions. You will need a computer, a tablet or a smartphone with the Zoom application to attend. If you are using Zoom for the first time, please login a few minutes earlier to allow any necessary installations on your device.
After registering, the system automatically sends you a confirmation email and a receipt email (if applicable) that contain the Zoom meeting link and other instructions if any. If you don’t immediately receive the email(s) with the Zoom information, or you have questions about Zoom or accessing the class online, please contact us at [email protected].
|10:30-10:45||Welcome and Motivation|
|3:15-3:30||Dedication and conclusion|
Other offering options: free to $40
Shantideva Center may publish recorded sessions in the public domain (e.g., on YouTube). By registering for this event, you are agreeing to give your consent to this process. To protect your privacy, we recommend being conscious about any personal information you share during the sessions. To further enhance anonymity, you may want to consider turning off video or naming yourself using abbreviations.
Time zone: US Eastern Standard Time (GMT/UTC-5)
About the Teacher
Gustavo Cutz has been an active volunteer with Shantideva Center since 2008 and previously worked as an editor at Wisdom Publications in Boston. He was the facilitator for Discovering Buddhism until 2012 and has taught the course since 2017. He is in the process of becoming an FPMT-certified teacher. Gus also interprets and summarizes Geshe Thubten Soepa’s teachings on topics such as the Four Noble Truths, the eight worldly concerns, the six perfections, the “Eight Verses of Thought Transformation,” and, most recently, Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, chapters 1-3. Gus is a clinical psychologist and currently practices on Long Island.