Christine Skarda
philosopher . theoretical neuroscientist . buddhist

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January 18, 2008 Presenting the lecture “Perception’s Illusion: The Origin of Suffering” at the conference “Religion and Cognitive Science” co-sponsored by the Graduate Theological Union and the University of California, Berkeley. Located at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709

March 26, 2008 Presenting the lecture “Philosophical Artwork” at the conference “Changing Objects in Art and Philosophy” sponsored by the Getty Research Institute. At the Getty Center, Los Angeles.

Dharma Talks

How to Practice: An Online Course (February 2008-2009)

In February of 2008, Ani Christine will launch an experimental web seminar. While remaining in remote retreat, she will deliver dharma talks for the course via digital voice recordings downloadable from the Internet. Her students, who are located across continents, will come together via a blog, using that online forum to respond to the teachings and learn from each other. This course is open by invitation to qualified students. For more information, contact

Course Description:
Ani Christine will provide commentary on H.H. the Dalai Lama's book How to Practice and offer guidance for engaging in the practices it contains. His Holiness says the essential objective of our daily practice is to cultivate an attitude of compassion and calm. We'll study the introduction and each of the chapters sequentially, gradually deepening our understanding of the basics of Buddhist practice and of the nature of reality in order to create a deeper sense of this calmness and peace of mind in our daily life. This seminar takes place over the course of a year, allowing plenty of time for us to think about the teachings, discuss them, and integrate them into our meditation practice.