September 2010

New Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) course

Borges on Buddhism, Buddhism in Borges

Tuesdays, 1:00–3:00 p.m., September 28–November 2, 2010

One of the great writers of the 20th century, Jorge Luis Borges was fascinated with Buddhism throughout his life. Amelia Barili, a longtime friend of Borges in Argentina, will guide us in exploring this little-known fact. We will learn some basic Buddhist principles and trace their presence in Borges's lectures, short stories, and essays. Central to both Borges and Buddhism is how our minds create the realities we inhabit. Thus we will begin each class with brief contemplative practices to open our minds to greater intuitive knowledge.

Amelia Barili is the former book review editor of the Argentine newspaper La Prensa. Her articles in literary journals, as well as the book Jorge Luis Borges y Alfonso Reyes: La cuestión de la identidad del escritor latinoamericano, open up new understandings of Borges. She teaches Borges, Buddhism, and cognitive science at UC Berkeley.

Register at olli.berkeley.edu or call (510) 642-9934.

OLLI courses meet in University Hall (2199 Addison Street) and other downtown Berkeley locations. See website for details.