An Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy, 3-Part Series

Wednesday Evenings, 7:00pm-9:00pm
July 3,10,17

Tibetan House
4900 Tchoupitoulas Street
Sliding scale fee $30 – $40
RSVP appreciated

This 3-part course will constitute a  very brief introduction to Buddhism as a philosophy, that is, as an inquiry into the nature of reality and being, the basis and scope of knowledge, the meaning of life, and the nature of our relationship to other beings and to the Earth. At the first meeting, we will explore the Three Jewels of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, and the Four Noble Truths, the basis for the Buddhist ethics of compassion and non-attachment. At the second session, we will look at the Three Marks of Existence, Anitya, or impermance, Anatman, or no separate selfhood, and Duhkha, or suffering. At the final session, we will examine the most challenging concepts in Buddhist philosophy, Sunyata or emptiness, and Pratitya-Samutpada, or dependent origination.
About John Clark
John Clark is Director of La Terre Institute for Community and Ecology and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Loyola University. La Terre Institute is located on 87 acres in the forest of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and is dedicated to the project of social and ecological regeneration on both the local and global levels. His recent books include The Tragedy of Common Sense (2016), Lightning Storm Mind (2017), and Between Earth and Empire, which is forthcoming in June. Since 2005 he has worked with the Loyola summer study program in Dharamsala, in association with the Louisiana Himalaya Association. He directs the LHA’s Tibetan Women’s Scholarship Fund.