Buddhist Psychology and Methods of Healing – PSY 523

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course addresses the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist theories of the nature and functions of the mind and of the ways in which the mind and body interact and influence each other. It also addresses the ways in which these theories have influenced the Buddhist medical theories and practices and the manner in which the Buddhist contemplative and yogic practices have been influenced by Buddhist medical knowledge. This course will review the history and therapeutic role of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist psychology in particular and the history and soteriological role of Buddhist medicine in general.

 

COURSE SESSIONS AND TOPICS

This course is divided into ten, one-hour sessions. The introductory session, An Introduction to the History of Buddhist Medicine in India and Tibet  is presented in both audio and video format to better acquaint the student with the instructor.

Session 1 - An Introduction to the History of Buddhist Medicine in India and Tibet

Session 2 – Qualifications of the Healer and Role of the Buddha in Buddhist Medicine

Session 3 – Buddhist Theories of the Mind and Its Functions

Session 4 – Buddha-nature, Spiritual Awakening, and Ultimate Mental Health

Session 5 – Buddhist Theories of the phenomenal and Ultimate Nature of the Body and of the Human psycho-physiology

Session 6 – Mental Afflictions, Their psychological and physiological Sources, and Their Antidotes

Session 7 – Role of Buddhist Meditation in Mental and physical Healing

Session 8 – Therapeutic Role of Wisdom/Insight Into the Nature of One’s Own Mind and the phenomenal World

Session 9 – Role of Imagination and Buddhist Yogic practices in Buddhist Medical Therapeutics

Session 10 – Dietary and Behavioral principles in Buddhist Methods of Healing

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR THIS COURSE

Outcome 1:  Students will be able to list the Buddhist theories of the mind and body and the ways in which they historically developed.

Outcome 2:  Students will be able to recognized and describe the Buddhist explanations of the ways in which the mind influences the body and is influenced by the bodily behavior and subtle bodily physiology.

Outcome 3:  Students will be able to describe the Buddhist contemplative practices and their roles in Buddhist methods of healing

Outcome 4:  Students will be able to describe the Buddhist understanding of the intimate relationship among the individual’s world-view, spiritual practice, and mental and physical health.

 

PROFESSOR

This course was created and recorded by:

Vesna Wallace, Ph.D. – Vesna a.  wallace, Phd –  Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara. Author of, The Inner Kalacakratantra: A Buddhist Tantric View of the Individual, and the Journal articles: “The Methodological Relevance of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship to the Study of Buddhism,” “Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Perspective on the Treatment of Mentally Retarded Children in Latin America,” and “The Buddhist Tantric Medicine in the Kalacakratantra.”

This course will be administered and graded by:

Irmgard Mengele, Ph.D. – Tibetan Studies, Hamburg University, Germany. Visiting Scholar, Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara. Author: dGe-’dun-chos-’phel: A Biography of the 20th-Century Tibetan Scholar; The Life and Art of the Tenth Karma-pa Chos-dbyings-rdo-rje (1604-1674: A Biography of a Great Tibetan Lama and Artis of the Turbulent Seventeenth Century; as well as numerous scholarly articles and conference papers.

 

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PURCHASE AUDIO / VIDEO

The lecture series from this course is also available for independent study.
>> Click Here to order these course materials.

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