The Certificate in Buddhism and Contemporary Psychology is intended for two types of students: (1) IBS degree (MA, MBS, or MDIV) program students who wish to focus their studies on the intersection of Buddhist understandings of consciousness and contemporary psychology; and (2) students from outside the IBS, particularly ministers, lay and monastic teachers, therapists and chaplains, who wish to enhance their engagement with the tradition and their communities by obtaining a systematic graduate level education in Buddhist studies.
Students who complete this program will:
- Engage Buddhist understandings of consciousness as a foundation for conversation with contemporary psychology and cognitive studies
- Apply critical methodologies to the study of Buddhist texts and practices
- Develop critical reasoning and writing skills through academic writing and reflection
The certificate is overseen by the Program Director, Dr. Richard K. Payne.
Students enrolled in a degree program must file an intent to enroll form with the IBS Registrar to be formally admitted to the program.
Formal application is required for non-degree program students. Students should review application materials and requirements on the IBS website. There is a $40 non-refundable application fee.
- Application information
- Download the application (non-degree students)
- Contact the program director
- School Performance Fact Sheet
Students must complete a total of six, 3-unit courses within three years to complete the certificate. (In-degree program students may complete the course requirements within the timeframe of their degree program; in-degree program students may substitute other courses for the Buddhist traditions sequence.)
Required courses include:
- Buddhist traditions of South Asia (HRHS 1515)
- Buddhist traditions of East Asia (HRHS 1518)
Plus two courses from the following:
- Psychological Aspects of Buddhism I (HRPS 8320)
- Psychological Aspects of Buddhism II (HRPS 3016)
- Psychological Aspects of Buddhism III (HRPS 8322)
Recommended courses include:
- Third course from Psychological Aspects sequence
- Topics in Buddhism and Psychology
- Other courses with Director’s approval