H. H. Dalai Lama’s “Force for Good” Continuation – Buddhist Scientific, Ethical, and Psychological Education.
Prof. Robert Thurman and THUS Faculty and guests (Also to be live-streamed for subscribers)
A continuation of our long-term, usually wednesday evening program to further H. H. the Dalai Lama’s contemporary world initiatives, from His Holiness’ American Institute of Buddhist Studies and Mind and Life science dialogues (Mind Science and Universe in a Single Atom) and His creation of Abhidharma 2.0 through the “Science for Monks” programs, his “secular ethics” (Ethics for the New Millennium and Beyond Religion), His nonviolent approach to conflict resolution, including His Nobel Peace Laureate activities to seek dialogue and a win-win reconciliation with China in the face of the ongoing ethnicidal policies in Tibet (Freedom in Exile and Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet), along with his emphasis on positive activism (A New Reality: Charter of Universal Responsibility), and finally, His opening up the study of the esoteric Tantras through his 34 Kalachakra Grand Initiations (The Kalachakra Initiation, Tantra in Tibet, and other such works). The “root texts” for this spring will be passages from works of His Holiness and selections from various Buddhist works in English translation. Some readings will be available for purchase, others provided online to enrollees. Though the course can be considered as a whole, it is usually taken in units, or even single events, one by one.
Faculty: Dr. David Kittay, Krishna Das, Robert Thurman, Dr. Mark Epstein, Dr. Isa Gucciardi, Dr. Tom Yarnall, and occasional guest teachers.
Event schedule: UNIT 1: February 1, 13, 27 | UNIT 2: March 6, 20, 27 | UNIT 3: March 22-23 | UNIT 4: April 9, 16, 23 | UNIT 5: April 26-28 | UNIT 6: May 6: May 16-22 (at Menla) | UNIT 7: May 24 & 25 | June all at Menla.
Unit 1: First the Bottom Falls Out: Experiential Yoga; Time and Reincarnation; and Simulation and The Singularity
Dr. David Komodo Kittay, Columbia University
In these three sessions, we’ll explore experiential yoga, a path for deepening our engagement with Buddhist teachings, freeing ourselves from conceptuality and emotion, fostering dialogue, and moving towards enlightenment. Then, using this technique, we’ll take a close look at time and reincarnation, further destabilizing our ordinary consciousness. Finally, we’ll get on the quick path to Silicon Valley superintelligence, and see what that may tell us about life and enlightenment.
Singularity and Simulation: Back Door to Enlightenment?
Dr. David Komodo Kittay
We’ll examine the likelihood of superintelligent artificial intelligences, human, silicon, or hybrid. We’ll create a universe or two, and become immortal. We’ll think about what that could mean for us, and for others.
Wednesday, February 27; 7-9PM
To attend in-person: General:$25/Members:$22.50 | To join via webcast: $7 (no member discount)
Dr. David Komodo Kittay teaches philosophy, religion, and technology at Columbia, where his courses are called “life changing,” translates exoteric and esoteric Buddhist texts, and founded and teaches at The Harlem Clemente Course for the Humanities at the Drew Hamilton Houses on 143rd St. He is a Tibet House Board member.