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Course Buddhist Psychology

3-year intensive in-depth program

Buddhist Psychology has its origins in the Buddha. After his enlightenment, the Buddha had deep insights into how our consciousness works.

Over the past 25 centuries, there have been great Buddhist teachers who have further developed these insights. We recognize some of these teachers in the West as philosophers, others rather as psychologists. There are also Buddhist teachers who have developed very clear guidance on how to integrate these insights into everyday situations.

In the Buddhist Psychology course of Mind Only, we will be focussing on three teachers:

  • Vasubandhu (4th century), together with his brother Asanga, has made a very detailed study of consciousness and left beautiful psychological models. Vasubandhu and Asanga are the founders of the Yogacara school. Their work deals with questions such as: how do we think, why do we think like that, why do we suffer and how can we be happy?
  • Nāgārjuna (circa 150 - circa 250) was an Indian philosopher and the founder of the Madhyamaka (middle way) school. He is a key figure in Buddhist philosophy. Buddhist philosophy examines questions such as: who are we actually, where do we come from, where do we go after death?
  • Thich Nhat Hanh (1926) has his roots in the Vietnamese Zen tradition. This tradition has given us Applied Buddhism. Thich Nhat Hanh has put down these insights in the west as Mindfulness.
    In the Buddhist Psychology course we see that Cuong Lu has combined Buddhist psychology, Buddhist philosophy and Buddhist mindfulness into a whole. In this training Vasubandhu, Nagarjuna and Thich Nhat Hanh come together to give Buddhism a new face and at the same time create a new movement.

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