PSY 307 - Buddhist Psychology II


Pre-requisite - PSY 101, PSY- 301


Problems about the mind. How mind causes suffering or dissatisfaction. Transcendence of the mind through mental culture and the process of ending and the unsatisfactoriness found in the world. The relationship between Buddhism and psychoanalysis.


Course Content;

Buddhist Psychology and contemporary social pathology: Identity crisis; narcissism; loneliness; sensuality and boredom, Types and States of Consciousness; Bhavanga, Abhinna, Dhyana, Samapatti, Vinnana Nirodha; The Nature of Abhinnas in contemporary perspective;  Buddhist Techniques of Counseling, The Buddhist Doctrine of Death: Counseling the Dying: the Psychology of Death, Psychology of Nirvana; Types of Meditation: Samatha, Vipassana, Mahamudra, Zazen and Dogzchen; Buddhist Doctrine of going beyond the mind.

Recommended Readings:-

1.                  Frankl, Viktor.1973. Doctor and the Soul. Harmondsworth, Pelican Books.

2.                  Fromm, Erich1960. 'De-repression and Psychoanalysis, in Zen Buddhism and Psychoanalysis. Ed. Richard de Martino, London, Allen & Unwin.

3.                  Thubten Gyatso.1999. Transforming Problems into the Path. Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore.

4.                  Wentz, Evans.1957. Tr. The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Oxford.

Dharmasiri, Gunapala.1988. The Nature of Medicine. Kandy.