Buddhist Cosmology: A Visual History of Enlightenment

A four-week class series with Michael Owens

Tuesdays beginning Jan. 10th


San Francisco


Cosmology is perhaps the oldest and broadest of the sciences because it explores the very extent and limits of reality – from the macrocosm of the size and age of the Universe to the microcosm of the smallest known particles. This class is a general introduction to Buddhist Cosmology based on a survey of Buddhist art and iconography from India, Central Asia, China and Japan. Each nights’ class includes a dynamic slide-show presentation of works of art that exemplify different aspects of Buddhist cosmological thinking.

Open to all.

Cost: $20 per class or $70 if paid in advance. There will be an opportunity to offer dana to the teacher at each class (teachers receive a portion of the reg fee and are supported by dana).  Some scholarships and work-study are available. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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Michael Owens is a writer and teacher working at the convergence of art, education and philosophy. After exploring an academic career in Buddhist Studies at Princeton University, he began teaching meditation and giving lectures at Buddhist temples and monasteries domestically and abroad. In 2006 he founded the Red Lotus Society, an educational non-profit organization to promote meditation as an inter-faith practice. Michael has translated several Chinese Buddhist texts into English and teaches regularly on Buddhist history and philosophy.

This four-week series will be held at Against the Stream San Francisco
2701 Folsom Street 415.695.2864