Nov 24, 2014 Monday
(Almost full)

Sunyata (Emptiness) in Buddhism

6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.
The Hive
128 West Hastings St.

Vancouver CA

This class will be a conference-style discussion of the concept of sunyata, or emptiness, in Buddhist philosophy from the time of Nagarjuna onwards. I'll lead the discussion, but this is most fun when we all are willing to contribute. You don't need to know anything about Buddhism to come! I'll treat this in a way that's easy to understand for beginners. Emptiness is the deepest truth of reality; sunyata describes how all things are ultimately empty of 'inherent being'. In the Buddhist view, there is no soul or permanence. Reality changes, constantly fluctuating, and 'emptiness' is a particularly interesting way to describe reality. Things don't really exist... or do they?? This is just a start -- but if you're interested in Buddhism, in philosophy, or in the history of religion, then this course will be worth attending! I'll provide some reading materials and we'll chuckle about bizarre paradoxes. This isn't a "religious" or practice class - we won't be meditating or anything - but don't be afraid to come if you're a practitioner, it will still be interesting!

Bring one of the following:
A music mix, preferably of new music, folk, rock, indie, some good rap, or metal
A tarot deck (I have read tarot a long time but gave away all my decks)
Any longboarding gear (pads, gloves, etc)
Make me a piece of art, of any kind
Socks - preferably not super thick socks, just comfortable awesome ones

About the teacher, Victor Temprano

Mainly, I've studied this subject in university for many years, and have done field work at numerous monasteries throughout my education. I've practiced too, but I don't consider myself a Buddhist. I have a Master's in Religious Studies, with my central focus in Buddhist Studies, from McGill University (2013), and my BA in Religious Studies and History from Mount Allison University. I focused on Buddhism throughout and particularly I have studied Western Buddhism and the ways in which Buddhism is changing and morphing inside Western culture. You can see one of my articles in Buddhist Studies Review, and my thesis is available online as well... but please don't read it, it's too long and convoluted. Better to come to a fun class instead. I'll be happy to point you in directions for good sources if you have other questions about Buddhism, too.