Program Details

Contemplating Reality written by Andy Karr a 5 week study

with Gayle Van Gils & Travis May & Will Ryken & Paula Bickford G Van Gils
September 18 / 6:30 PM - October 16 / 8:00 PM

 In this course we will take a close look at the principals presented in the text, practice the exercises designed for exploring the Buddhist view, and engage in intellectual discussions that examine the methods described for developing perception.

We welcome experienced students of mediation as well as those with no previous study or practice who are interested in exploring Buddhist teachings – and everyone in between! This is a unique offering for our center and we hope you will be inspired to participate.

To celebrate the autumn equinox, the launch of our building  campaign, and as a gift to SPSMC members and friends, we are offering this special class free of charge.

Required reading

As a book based class, each week will focus on discussion and contemplation of material the students have read. Each student who wishes to participate should be prepared to commit to the reading as outlined below. The book is available in our center bookstore, on-line, and on Kindle.

September 18th – Ropes and Snakes - Contemplating Selflessness 

  • Reading:  Preface and Chapters 1-4


September 25th – Taking Things Apart   - Perception and Conception

  • Reading:  Chapters 5-6


October 2nd - Intro to Mahayana and Chittamatra - Distinguishing Appearance,

 Imagination and the Genuine

  • Reading:  Chapters 7-10


October 9th - True Nature and Conventional Truth - Movies, Dreams, Reflections: Testing Logic and Experience

  • Reading:  Chapters 11-14


October 16th – Wisdom    - Meditation and Action

  • Reading:  Chapters 16-18, Conclusion


 Check out these articles to learn more about the course content:

Reality Isn’t What You Think

Selflessness 101


There are two ways of seeing everything. Clear seeing sees genuine reality, suchness, things as they are. Confused seeing sees projections and delusion. From clear seeing comes liberation. From confused seeing comes suffering. That's the gist of what the Buddha taught. - Andy Karr

  "Here is a book that attempts to explain the fundamental Buddhist view, something that has been neglected for so long. People have been more interested in meditation, energy, calming down, and training the mind. I can't emphasize enough during this transitional time as Buddhism is being established in the West that at least some of us focus on the Buddhist view. I welcome this book as a sign of the dawn of appreciation of Buddhist wisdom, not just for its exotic aspects but as a philosophy that is up to date and even more relevant now than ever." -Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

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