Summer Institute in Buddhism

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Summer Institute in Buddhism
June 14 – 17, 2018

Content Description
This seminar will explore the philosophy of Buddhist practice, with a special focus on the practices associated with the four immeasurable qualities of love, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. 

Dr. Hayes will lead students in an examination of the typologies of human personalities, as presented by the Theravādin Buddhist authors Upatissa and Buddhaghosa, and discuss these thinkers’ claim that certain types of meditation are suitable for some personality types but counterproductive for others.  Those Buddhist personality types will be explored along with other typologies, such as the enneagram, that other spiritual traditions have used to help people find suitable contemplative programs. 

Dr. Harter will discuss the notion of the path, focusing on the destination (Awakening) and the process (practice). His examination of practice will focus on the goal of practice as being a problematic, but necessary, presupposition. With regard to the rationale for the practice, Dr. Harter will discuss the four immeasurable qualities as presented in both Pāli suttas and in the Mahāyāna text of the Stages of the Bodhisattva (Bodhisattvabhūmi). 

Finally, Dr. McRae will guide students in an in-depth exploration of love, compassion, joy, and equanimity as presented in by the 19th century Tibetan Buddhist philosopher Patrul Rinpoche and his student Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang. These four qualities are essential to the Buddhist ethical and meditative path and special emphasis will be given to how we can practice them, not only in our meditative practice but also in our everyday interactions with other sentient beings.

Practice of Attention
Jiun Hosen Osho, the Abbess of Bodhi Manda Zen Center, will guide us in the spiritual practices of the center. She will introduce the Rinzai Zen Buddhist lineage and the practice of attention—being fully present and alive like a direct, heart-to-heart conversation without reservations. We’ll participate in tea service, sitting and walking meditation, meal and work practice, and chanting. Seiju Bob Mammoser, Abbott of the Albuquerque Zen Center, will also be joining to give a dharma talk.  

$500 per person

Dormitory style. Limited number of private rooms available for additional cost on first come basis. Delicious farm-to-table home cooked meals. Access to hot springs.

Instruction and participation in zazen meditation practice.

Begins Thursday, June 14th with dinner at 5:30pm
Ends Sunday, June 17th with lunch at 12pm

Pierre-Julien Harter is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico. He specializes in Buddhist philosophy in India and Tibet and is particularly interested in the complex and central notion of the path, which he tries to approach from a philosophical point of view.

Richard Hayes is retired from the philosophy department and religious studies program at the University of New Mexico. His research and teaching focused on the Indian Buddhist scholastic traditions, with an emphasis on the limits of human understanding. 

Emily McRae is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico. Her research focuses on Buddhist ethics and moral psychology, particularly in the context of meditative practice, and attempts to apply Buddhist ethical teachings to issues of social justice. 

For questions, contact us at or (575) 829-3854

Andrew Ellis