Heart Sutra Workshop with Dr. Kurt J. Schwalbe

The Meaning and Uses of the Heart Sutra
March 16 - 18, 2018

The Heart Sutra is perhaps the most famous and well loved Buddhist scripture, recited daily by many people around the world.
Although it contains the "the Buddhist teachings in a nutshell," many people find it quite puzzling.
As we unravel its meaning and seek its origin, we will look at the sutra's function in Buddhist literature as both philosophy and magic. We will also consider the viewpoints of several commentators who have interpreted the Sutra as religious polemic, ecological parable and quantum physics.
We’ll conclude with a Heart Sutra meditation session. Bring your favorite English translation.
The course is held in English and is open to all; old and new students, man and woman.
For more information and registration please contact us at:thosamling@gmail.com

Dr. Kurt J. Schwalbe
Kurt has been studying and practicing Buddhism since 1964.
He took his BA in Philosophy and his MDiv in Old Testament. He conducted his PhD field research in Nepal at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the Everest region, learning Tibetan by traditional methods. He then studied Tibetan at the University of California, Berkeley, learning the language again with the tools of western linguistics.
Dr Kurt has been teaching Classical Tibetan language since 1974 in both the USA and India, using a combination of these two approaches which works well for beginning students. Kurt’s teaching style gives close attention to the text but always in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere.



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