Douglas Goetsch—The Three Poisons

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 2:31pm
The Three Poisons is a simple and elegant Tibetan Buddhist teaching that identifies three foundational emotions that underlie all others—passion, aggression, and ignorance—much the way the three primary colors combine to make all others. For writers, awareness of the three poisons, which point to the ultimate equality and emptiness of all emotions, can be as profoundly beneficial as Keats’s idea of Negative Capability. Through discussion, examples, and writing exercises, this lecture will seek to convey those benefits.