Understanding Mind/Emotion in Eastern Psychology
Summer 2014 quarter
In recent decades, a growing body of Western research has examined the nature and function of mind and emotions through the perspectives of Buddhist psychology and philosophy. Advanced Buddhist studies emphasize deep understanding of mind/consciousness, particularly the functions of various mental factors and their influence on our capacity to differentiate appearance versus reality, as well as constructive versus destructive emotions. Students will explore Buddhist psychological, epistemological and transcendental models of mind/emotions through the systematic cultivation of refined attention and mindfulnes/introspection, analytical observation, dvds, readings, and direct experience. A one-day retreat will provide an opportunity to personally apply classroom learning. After broadly examining Eastern theories of mind/emotion, students will choose one emotion or state of mind to study in depth and develop a well-researched model, suitable for clinical use or personal-growth, that either cultivates or transforms the chosen state of mind/emotion.
Fields of Study
Location and Schedule
Offered during: Day and Weekend
Advertised schedule: Wed & Sat, 9a-4:30p (first summer session) The first class meets Wednesday, June 25