Course Buddhist Psychology

3-year intensive in-depth program

Buddhist Psychology has its origins in the Buddha. After his enlightenment, 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 more as psychologists. There are also Buddhist teachers who have developed very clear guidance to integrate these insights into everyday situations.

Vasubandhu, who lived around the 4th to 5th century CE, together with his half-brother Asanga, laid the foundation for a very modern Buddhist psychology, which is particularly accessible to us. His work has been continued in the West. Thich Nhat Hanh is an expert in this field and based his insight on Buddhist psychology has created "mindfulness" in the West. Cuong Lu is his successor. He helps us to gain access to the works of Vasubandhu and other Buddhist psychologists and to be able to apply these insights in an understandable way.

Nāgārjuna lived around 150 and 250 CE and was the founder of the Madhyamaka (Middle Way) school. His insight and translation of Sunyata (Emptiness), being free from the dualistic extremes, is so clear and so broad that his contemporaries called him the second Buddha. His philosophy on Emptiness has given not only Zen, but all currents in Buddhism, the depth that they needed to be authentic. In the teachings of Cuong Lu, the position of Emptiness is central. From Emptiness Cuong Lu gives a non-dualistic Buddhist explanation that is free from good and bad, so that the inner struggle can be stopped.

Vasubandhu and Nāgārjuna represent two different ways to reach Nirvana. Vasubandhu opted for psychology to study the working of the mind in order to ultimately be happy and free with insight. Nagarjuna chose philosophy so that we have a stable, non-dualistic ground for applying Buddhism in everything we do in our lives. Vasubandhu and Nagarjuna have left very valuable works that are worthwhile for us to study so that we can apply their insights into our daily lives.

This program offers the participant a theoretical and practical program to apply Buddhist psychology in daily life, both professional and private. The structured and interactive program supports the participant's inner growth and provides methods to:

  • Recognize the actions of consciousness
  • Get free from the traumas and long-lasting habits that keep suffering alive
  • Discover insights to experience happiness in doing, speaking and thinking

Target audience

Buddhists, coaches, mindfulness trainers, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and all those who want to understand the functions of consciousness deeper.

Characteristics of the program

  • There are no requirements for pre-education.
  • The program covers 3 years of study: the base year, the year of deepening and the freedom year.
  • Every year we meet for 9 weekends.
  • Furthermore, you will spend approximately 30 hours per month on theoretical exercises (such as reading and writing). This will differ from person to person.
  • Cuong Lu will also be available outside the weekends to support your personal understanding, application and transformation.
  • The completion of the 3 year program is a 1-on-1 conversation with Cuong Lu so that he can give an official recognition to your understanding and freedom. Instead of this 1-on-1 conversation, a graduation paper may also be submitted.
  • Courses who completed the program are recognized with a certificate. The certificate of Mind Only, unlike other training programs, is proof of everything you can let go of, instead of what you can store.

Conditions for participation

  • Understanding the subject of the education requires continuous exercise. You are given insights to constantly observe the actions of your consciousness in your daily life. There is no boundary between formal and informal exercises.
  • A maximum of 1 weekend may be missed, and only for a serious reason. You will then be prompted to catch up using audio files.
  • You are subscribing for one year a time, and after each year you can decide if you want to continue next year. A certificate will only be obtained after completing the three-year program.
  • Lumeditation can not be held responsible for injuries or diseases that occur during the weekends.

Location

Landgoed Beukenrode
Beukenrodelaan 2 M
3941 ZP DOORN
Netherlands

Registration

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