This course introduces students to the theory, practices, and techniques of traditional Buddhist counselling psychology (BCP) and how they can be used to heal intergenerational trauma (IT), deal with difficult emotions, and disentangle colonial mentality. Some of the questions this course explores are: What are the objectives and the significance of Buddhist counselling psychology? What are the functions of the mind? What are the characteristics, functions, manifestations, and proximate causes of various mind states? What is the role of mindfulness meditation in healing intergenerational trauma? How do we deal with difficult emotions such as fear and anger? Are defense or coping mechanisms useful in dealing with difficult emotions? How can we free the mind from racism and colonial mentality? The course includes periods of mindfulness and insight meditation, readings from suttas related to Buddhist Counselling, and classroom discussion.
Note: Identical to IE 211J.
- Professor: Bhante Buddharakkhita