PHL323 The Good Heart: Cultivating Patience and Joyous Effort, Reducing Anger and Apathy
09/07/2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Friday, repeating until 12/21/2018
PHL323: The Good Heart: Cultivating Patience and Joyous Effort, Reducing Anger and Apathy
This course will examine the cultivation of patience as an antidote to anger, and joyous effort as an antidote to apathy, discouragement, or indifference from both traditional Indo-Tibetan Buddhist and western psychological perspectives. Specific attention will be focused on the analytic thoughts and meditations, worldviews, research, and secular techniques said to reduce anger and apathy and increase patience and joyful effort in daily living.
The Buddhist perspective will be examined through a close reading of two chapters from the sixth century Indian mater Shantideva’s timeless classic, the Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, a beloved text in all the Tibetan Buddhist tradition’s lineages and often praised by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as a peerless text on the cultivation of compassion. The Western psychological perspective will be examined through readings on theories of emotion, motivation, and pro-social behavior.