This course presents a balanced view of Buddhist psychologies as they evolved over the centuries, and Psychology, in its several forms, in the Anglophone literature. Topics of particular importance in the Buddhist traditions are the unique relationship between psychology and cosmology, the nature of impermanence in respect to the human person and the self, the nature of perception, levels and functions of consciousness, and the connection between morality and psychological health. Each of these topics finds its parallels, resonances, or denials in modern American psychology. The developments of Buddhist psychology found in Yogacara, Tathagatagarbha, Madhyamaka, and subsequent traditions are considered. As an online course, we proceed with regular online discussions based on the readings.
Our online courses are co-sponsored by the Starr King School for the Ministry