NEW333 Buddhism and Cognitive Science Syllabus

University of Toronto, Summer 2015

About This Course

This course examines the growing confluence between Buddhist thought and practice and Western Cognitive Science. This course explores why this confluence is occurring; the main claim will be that this confluence is occurring as a way of addressing the Meaning Crisis that besets the West and threatens the whole planet. Students will investigate how the Cognitive Science of meaning, wisdom, and human spirituality, seen in relation to Buddhist practice and experience, may give us the means for addressing the meaning crisis.