Life of Objects 

GO FROM CONSUMING TOO MUCH TO CHERISHING EVERYTHING.

 Anton Novoselov

Anton Novoselov

When we realise how much the world we live in is ‘mind-made’ we also discover that we can choose the kind of a world we want to live in. The Zen priest Ed Brown and the 18th century Zen Poet Ryokan both live in a world of animated objects, of encouraging teapots and sad lonely begging bowls.


On this course we check out some Buddhist teachings on the nature of perception, considering what it is that makes one thing an object and something else, us, a subject. Is the whole notion of ‘a me in here’ and ‘a world out there’ really the way it is? 

 
Picking violets by the side of the road,
I forgot my begging bowl.
How sad you must be, my poor little bowl.
— Ryokan
 

wk 1 - Perception

When we realise that what we experience is not the ‘thing out there’ but our own perception, our relationship with things is suddenly changed. The teapot and the bowl are no longer separate from us, but intimately connected to us, even a part of us.  

Wk 2 - Getting ourselves out of the way

So that the practice can happen. Giving up the illusion of control. Learning to trust the process.

Wk 3 - Bringing objects to life

Seeing that we are part of nature and the natural world. Letting the objects in our lives start to teach us about the nature of reality.  

Photo by Sergei Maslennikov on Unsplash.jpg

Wk 4  - Making ritual objects

How awareness turns ordinary utensils into ritual objects during the tea ceremony and how we can transform objects in our own life.

wk 5 - The nature of  'pattern',

The way objects relate to one another in the dimension of space, and how pattern is a transmitter of beauty. 

We’ll also introduce a simple kindness meditation practice that can support our explorations throughout the course.

Assignments and add-ons

As well as meeting together each week there will be an assignment, don’t panic, we will just be setting some playful little tasks to help you explore the theme each week. Also, to supplement the course, each week there will be online materials, plus an optional extra of something to read, or a movie to watch (yes movies are homework).

The final belief is to believe in a fiction, which you know to be a fiction, there being nothing else. The exquisite truth is to know that it is a fiction and that you believe it willingly.
— Wallace Stevens

Dates - Summer 2018 (to Be confirmed)

PLACE - Norwich

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