Buddhist Science of Mind – Workshop på Atmajyoti Yoga I Stockholm
This is very down to earth workshop; we will study, discuss and meditate on the Buddhist concept of Mind/consciousness – and direct our focus inwards and learn the mechanics of the mind.
Since mind is the creator of all our experiences of happiness and suffering, according to Buddhistic philosophy and psychology – we´ll learn about the goal of Buddhist practice.
During the workshop we will:
- explore the meaning of “mind” according to Buddhism, it´s nature and function,
- how everything starts in mind: our experiences of happiness, suffering and dissatisfaction.
- learn methods to observe – and transform – our destructive thoughts and attitudes and
- cultivate more constructive states of mind, and see how it is possible.
- and we´ll learn why it is possible to attain Awakening/enlightenment
We will look at more detailed at the mechanics of the mind:
- the functions of the mind – perception and conception
- Buddhist psychology – primary minds and mental factors
- destructive mental factors – the three root delusions and derivative delusions
- constructive mental factors and how we can strenghten them and constructive actions of body, speech and mind in daily life
- how we chase constantly temporary happiness – and looking at what greeks named ”eudamonia”, genuine happiness
This workshop is in Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism-tradition, we will end the day with talking about ”The path of full awakening – sutra and tantra/ Vajrayana”; an introduction – and how we can develop daily practice.
Mind / Consciousness is getting huge interest nowadays, but there is no common scientific agreement – western science has 250 different definitions about Mind.
(Swedish scientific journalist Per Snaprud writes some of them in his book ”Återkomst av medvetandet” 2018). Mind is often said to be the same as brain, since what is ”science” is also materia, physical. And western psychology is mainly based on outer investigation. Buddhist have 2600 years of experienze. In Buddhism there is no unsolved problem between mind and body, mind functions in dependence of the brain – but is not the brain. The nature of mind was defined for 2600 years ago by the historical Buddha, Buddha Shakyamuni. His discoveries were based an ancient methods developed since 5000 years in Asia.