March 11, 2017
1:00 pm CST - 5:00 pm CST
Instructor: Sensei Mui
Reality is unique to the experiencer. We cannot expect the individual to conform to an arbitrary standard reality but instead try to meet them at their dynamic experience of reality. This is the classical Buddhist view. CG Jung understood that the patient’s hallucinations were their reality and their truth. By meeting them on their terms he could decode the hallucinations and visions, then “guide” them to wellbeing. He realized the difference between personal and archetypal realities, which was essential to better provide the correct treatment. In Buddhism this is referred to as “relativity”. The things we experience are “relative” to the particulars contained in the experience, creating a hologram which is a mental projection based upon our perceptions of data our brain receives, our past experiences and our societal norms. That holographic projection is “our reality” and is altered with each new experience, so that our experience of reality is a temporary, fluctuating image of our world.
In this workshop, we will explore the ever-changing nature of personal reality through meditative techniques. We will also investigate the role our cultural and subcultural experience plays in our unique perception of reality. We live in an illusory universe, why not create a better illusion?
About the Instructor
Sensei Mui took ordination as a forest monk in Theravada Buddhism in 1971. He received his doctorate in Buddhist Studies in 1976 and later trained as a monk in several other lineages of Buddhism. He is the Spiritual Director of the Hongaku Jōdo and the Director of Education for the Hongaku Institute of Buddhist Studies. He teaches Buddhism and meditation privately, publicly and corporately and practices locally as a Buddhist psychologist.