This Nitartha Institute course, taught by sangha members Stuart Horn and Sandra Roscoe, explores the criteria of a valid cognition and its various classifications, based on the teachings of the Pramana tradition, or Buddhist epistemology and cognitive psychology. We will analyze our consciousness and determine to what degree it is in agreement with its observed object or not; when our mind is direct or not; what the difference is between deceiving and non-deceiving, mistaken and non-mistaken, conceptual and non-conceptual types of awareness. We will also study the objects of perceiving subjects.
For the fall 2019 course in Seattle at Nalanda West (in the Vajra Spot) and online, classes meet Wednesday evenings 7–8:30 p.m. Pacific Time from Sep. 25 through Dec. 11.
Also available as a self-paced online course.
Mind and Its World I and its companion course Clear Thinking are the first in a series of Foundation Curriculum.
Dr. Stuart Horn has been as student of Tibetan Buddhism since 1996 and in 2002 entered studies at Nitartha Institute. He holds a PhD in History with a focus on the History of Ideas. He is Distinguished Professor of Humanities at NSU in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where he teaches courses on Asian Philosophy and Death and Dying. He served as the Chair of the Board of Nitartha Institute, has been teaching at Nitartha Institute since 2008, and was authorized as a full faculty member in 2010. His passion is the study and teaching of Buddhist philosophical systems and practice.
Dr. Sandra Roscoe has been a long time practitioner of Buddhism and a student of Tibetan Buddhism since 1996.
She began her studies at Nitartha Institute in 2002. She holds a PhD in psychology with a focus on family systems, and was a graduate and undergraduate professor at NSU. Sandra was director of Nitartha Institute for 3-1/2 years. She has been teaching at Nitartha Institute since 2013, and in 2016 was made a fully authorized faculty member for the Shedra program.
- Divisions of mind
- Definitions of valid cognition
- Definition of direct valid cognition
- Sense direct valid cognition
- Two truths in Vaibhashika and Sautrantika view
- Process of perception in Vaibhashika and Sautrantika view
- Mental direct valid cognition
- Self-aware direct valid cognition
- Yogic direct valid cognition
- Seeming direct cognition
- Definition of inferential valid cognition for oneself and for others
- Appearing object, referent object, object of engagement
- Nonvalid cognition
- Three results of valid cognition