All About the Mind: Buddhist Psychology and Epistemology
with Gus Cutz

Wednesdays, Sep 6, 13, 27, Oct 4, 11 & 18, 7–9pm EDT ONLINE

The mind is easily the single most important phenomenon in our lives. It is the only thing we are constantly and directly engaged with. And yet it is one of the things most of us understand the least. In fact, most of the time we are as utterly unaware of it as a fish is of water.

To help us gain a clearer understanding of our lives and experiences and greater control over our destinies, the Buddha taught extremely powerful and sophisticated methods for us to gain direct experiential and empirical knowledge of the nature and functioning of the mind, as well as “psychological technologies” for us to change our minds as we wish to increase our happiness, wisdom, and compassionate lovingkindness. For this reason, Buddhism is often described as a science of the mind.

In accordance with Venerable Robina Courtin’s specific advice to our group, we have created this course as a companion to Discovering Buddhism, to provide students with an opportunity to take a deeper look into the Buddhist teachings on the mind. This has been designed as an introductory course on the Buddhist teachings about the mind, including Buddhist psychology (the study of the parts that make up the mind, and how they function and interact to bring us happiness and unhappiness), Buddhist epistemology (the analysis that answers the question of how do we know what we know with certainty), and Mahamudra (the most profound and direct teachings of the Buddha on the ultimate nature of the mind, phenomena, and ourselves).

In this course, we will better understand the mind and its functions, as well as several key points of the Buddhadharma, such as why we can find certainty in the Buddha’s teachings, even regarding things like rebirth, karma, and emptiness; how karma actually works; and how we can decrease delusions.

Note: All About the Mind: Buddhist Psychology and Epistemology, Daylong Retreat with Gus Cutz will be on Sun Oct 22, 10:30am—3:30pm.

Important Note

This is an online-only event that is administered using Zoom.

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Suggested: $20 per session, or $108 for all 6-weeks of the course
Other offering options: free, $5, $10, $30

All About the Mind: Buddhist Psychology and Epistemology, Daylong Retreat with Gus Cutz will be on Sun Oct 22, 10:30am—3:30pm.

The suggested amount helps support teacher offerings and expenses, direct costs and rent. Shantideva member benefits will apply automatically if you have a membership in MindBody. 

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Additional Materials

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About the Teacher

Gustavo Cutz is an FPMT-certified teacher and has been an active volunteer with Shantideva Center since 2008.  Gus has been the facilitator for Discovering Buddhism since 2012 and he explains complex material with simplicity, making the Buddha’s teachings practical and always accompanied with enthusiasm and a delightful sense of humor.

In addition, Gus facilitates the Debate Club and leads one day retreats. He has also taught Dharma topics at other spiritual centers. He is working on interpreting and summarizing Geshe Thubten Soepa’s teachings on several topics such as the Four Noble Truths, the eight worldly concerns, and the six perfections.  

Gus previously worked as an editor at Wisdom Publications in Boston. Presently he works as a clinical psychologist and practices on Long Island.