Karma and the 12 Nidanas

with Charlotte Brodie

April 29th—May 27th

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  • $100 Full Price
  • $140 Patron Price

Buddhists have been studying the workings of the mind for over 2,500 years.  Is it any wonder, then, that Buddhist psychology is considered by many to be the most sophisticated system of psychological understanding on the planet?  By using this system and looking directly at the experience of mind, we begin to understand our apparent confusion about ourselves and the phenomena of our world. Renouncing the painful cycle of confused action (karma), we use the natural inquisitiveness of mind to see how confusion arises and therefore how it could simply cease, allowing awake wisdom to manifest.

This class will discuss the origin of suffering (ignorance of the true nature of reality) and the sequential steps (nidanas) of increasing confusion and mental suffering which can lead to neurosis and even psychosis.  These in turn can lead to actions (karma) which are unskillful at best, and harmful to oneself and/or others at worst.   This psychology applies to the full range of human suffering, from the causing of the tiniest hurt feelings due to an unkind word to the causing of international warfare.  Fortunately, the sequential steps of increasing confusion and suffering can be reversed such that the original ignorance can be eliminated.  Once this occurs, the natural, brilliant and positive aspects of the mind are free to express themselves unhindered.   

A generosity policy applies for those for whom the full price would prevent attendance. Please contact Charlotte Brodie at  [email protected] 

Director: Charlotte Brodie

Charlotte Brodie began studying and practicing Buddhism at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1983. She joined the Tibetan Buddhist lineage of Chogyam Trungpa in 1984, and has been practicing and studying under Trungpa Rinpoche and his dharma heir, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, ever since. She teaches classes on Buddhist meditation and philosophy regularly at the Burlington Shambhala Meditation Center.