This course will focus on Dr. Pies’s book, The Three-Petalled Rose, which explains how three great spiritual traditions–Judaism, Buddhism and Stoicism–can provide a framework for a fulfilling and responsible life. No special expertise or religious orientation is needed to appreciate the common threads that link these traditions. “JuBuSto”, as Dr. Pies calls the fusion of these traditions, can be integrated into anyone’s life, regardless of religious (or non-religious) background.
Ronald Pies, MD is a Lexington physician, poet, and novelist. He has academic appointments at Tufts University and Upstate Medical University, and is the author of several psychiatric textbooks. Dr. Pies is also the author of several books on philosophy and religion, including Everything Has Two Handles: The Stoic’s Guide to the Art of Living; and Becoming a Mensch: Timeless Talmudic Ethics for Everyone. Most recently, he is the author of The Levtov Trilogy (a novel and two novellas); and a short, humorous philosophical work, Just Take it One Miserable Day at a Time. Dr. Pies’s books are available via Amazon.com.