Buddhism in the Age of AI

Timeless Dharma for Modern Perils

Buddhism in the Age of AI is a free self-paced online course that synthesizes the best of MAPLE’s decade of teachings on Buddhism, existential risk, and artificial intelligence.

Intellectual sensemaking and transcendent wisdom come together in this exploration of a new history of humanity, the essential doctrine and practices of Buddhism, and the need to scale a Dharma for modern times.

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Over the Fall and Winter, MAPLE’s residential community piloted this new course through a six-month sensemaking and awakening intensive. Version 2.0 rolls out this Summer.
Watch Head Teacher, Soryu Forall, summarize the journey.

At MAPLE we envision a world guided by compassion wisely preserving life in harmony with the Natural Law. Right now, we see a world driven by craving ignorantly destroying life at an exponential rate. We are in desperate need for a new direction.

This direction will be offered with the first module:
A New Story for Humanity.

What You’ll Learn in Module One:

  • How scientific materialism and secular humanism are dying, and dataism is rising as the dominant religion
  • The four types of ‘artificial intelligence’ since the cognitive revolution 70,000 years ago
  • How AI is not separate from us, but rather a manifestation of our collective consciousness that feeds it
  • The risks and opportunities of modern AI systems that mediate collective consciousness through algorithms
  • How Buddhism has wielded intelligence to create the most wise, caring, and trustworthy beings
  • The need to transform the forms of Buddhism in order to serve modern beings and systems at scale
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The Entire Curriculum:

A New Story for Humanity

The Essentials of Buddhism

Meditation in the Eightfold Path

Creativity in Buddhist Traditions

Each module will include a mix of sutras, commentaries, reflection inquiries, and recorded Q&As and lectures.

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“I can’t remember ever having been this engaged in an online program. Deeply rooted in the Buddhist traditions and with its finger assertively on the pulse of our times …

This course demonstrates and demands diligence, creativity and zeal. It challenges fixed views, is uncomfortable, inspiring and fiercely hopeful. It is urgent, actionable and full of beauty – and with that exactly what an educational program for our times should be.”

– Jan B.


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