BUDDHISM AND PSYCHOLOGY
Session
Academic Term
Class Number
24454
Career
Undergraduate
Units
3 units
Grading
Letter Grade
Description
This course is divided into four thematic parts. The first part introduces basic knowledge on Buddhism. It then shows how the encounter between Buddhism and psychology has occurred in the wider context of Buddhist modernism, which has involved attempts by Buddhist reformers, psychologists, and neuroscientists to demythologize Buddhism to show how it can be understood as complementing modern empirical science. Part two offers concrete examples of Buddhist modernism by illustrating how Buddhist contemplative practices and doctrines such as sati have been reinterpreted and reformulated in modern psychology. Part three examines how a Japanese Zen practitioner's presentation of Zen compares with psychotherapeutic perspectives on it. Finally, in part four, a Buddhist-inspired psychotherapy widely used in Japan is examined to show how the reformulation of Buddhism to achieve psychotherapeutic goals has occurred in modern times in East Asia, albeit in a way that is distinctive from Buddhist-inspired psychotherapeutic practices in the west.
Class Attributes
DSAS Cross-Cult. Awareness General Ed. Requirement
Asian Studies
Class Details
Instructor(s)
Clark Chilson
Meets
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
Dates
01/08/2018 - 04/20/2018
Room
1501 Wesley W Posvar Hall
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus
Location
Pittsburgh Campus
Components
Lecture Required
Textbooks/Materials
Textbooks to be determined
Class Availability
Status
Closed
Seats Taken
46
Seats Open
0
Class Capacity
45
Unrestricted Seats
0
Restricted Seats
0
Wait List Total
3
Wait List Capacity
20