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‘Samsara’ is a key concept in Indian and Buddhist thought, which broadly means ‘going round in circles’. This rich and evocative idea can be understood cosmologically — as a beginningless cycle of birth, death and rebirth over aeons; psychologically — as repetitive patterns of neurotic thought and behaviour that prevent one from flourishing; and spiritually — as the opposite pole to the liberation, peace and enlightenment of nirvana.

Over four weeks, we will explore the meaning and implications of Samsara from these and other perspectives through talks, dialogues, breakout groups, open discussions and periods of silent reflection. How does this concept still speak to us today? How can we skilfully apply it to understand our own situation in life?