Led by: Professor Richard Bogartz
Every Tuesday & Thursdays 1PM - 2PM EST
April 20, 2021- July 29,2021
Discussion Topics and Suggested Readings:
No preparation is required to join in our dialogue but feel free to click on the topics below to open suggested readings for further exploration:
04.20.21- Consciousness, Science, & Religion
04.22.21- Ontology – What are the world, the universe, you, made of?
Suggested reading: The sections listed below in the Wikipedia article at:
If reading Section 2 is not fun, don’t bother with it. Maybe you’ll feel like checking it out later.
Likewise for the parts of section 4. I am only suggesting the following sections: We can chat about some of these:
2.1 Reality of things
2.2 Particulars and universals
2.3 Abstract and concrete
2.4 Ontological dependence
2.8 Properties and relations
2.9 States of affairs and events
4.1 Hindu philosophy
4.2 Ancient Greek
04.27.21- Problems with the three isms and the case for idealism
Physicalism or materialism:
04.29.21- The mind-body problem. What is it? Can it be solved?
05.04.21- T. Nagel. What is it like to be a bat?
05.06.21- Wishon, Panpsychism Panprotopsychism and Neutral Monism
05.11.21- What is consciousness?
05.13.21- States of consciousness
05.18.21- A common consequence of many meditation methods
05.20.21- The scriptural case for pure consciousness: Consciousness in Christian Mysticism
05.25.21- The scriptural case for pure consciousness: The Cloud of Unknowing;
05.27.21- The scriptural case for pure consciousness: Sufism and pure consciousness; Judaism and pure consciousness.
06.01.21- Consciousness in Hindu Mysticism: Turiya – The fourth
06.03.21- Consciousness in Hindu Mysticism: The wise man beholds all beings in the Self and the Self in all beings; for that reason he does not hate anyone.
06.08.21- Consciousness in Zen; Dhyana and Prajna; Samadhi and Satori; Self-nature; Suchness;
SUGGESTED READING: The Sutra of Hui Neng (portions)
06.10.21- Consciousness in Zen; Samadhi and Satori
Transmission of Light
06.15.21- Consciousness in Zen; Self-nature
SUGGESTED READING: The Expert
06.17.21- The Book of Ocean
Part I: The Ocean
06.22.21- The Book of Ocean
06.24.21- DISCUSSION: Consciousness as an existent
06.29.21- Kastrup’s idealism
Kastrup- The next paradigm.
07.01.21- What is awareness?
How is awareness different from consciousness? Mindfulness and awareness
07.06.21- Meditation: What is meditation?
07.08.21- What is happiness?