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Self, Healing and Liberation: Exploring Buddhist Psychology and Its Interface with Contemporary Western Psychology (ABSLS), CC 9/4

with Daijaku Judith Kinst, PhD
in the City Center dining room

Thursday, September 4, 2014
7:30 - 9 pm

How we understand who we are, how we function, and how reality functions, profoundly impacts the way in which we experience and live our day to day lives—and the way in which we understand and practice the Dharma. Traditional models of Buddhist psychology have much to offer us in this regard, as do contemporary Western psychological theories.

In this lecture we will discuss principles central to Buddhist psychology and how they interface with the perspective of compatible Western psychological teachings.

What is the self? How does it, and our experience of the world, take shape?

How do we understand the teachings of no-self?

How are these principles compatible with dynamic/creative/individual self expression?

What are the roots of delusion and suffering, and how do we address them?

What is healing, and what is its role in the life of a dharma practitioner?

What is the role of trust?

What do we mean by liberation?

This lecture will provide an introduction to key principles in Buddhist psychology of particular interest to students and practitioners of Buddhism. We will cover basic teachings on the construction of self experience, with a specific focus on the model of self and transformation presented in Yogaçara teachings. With this foundation we will introduce compatible Western psychological contributions. We will also discuss, briefly, the way of healing developed by Paula Arai from her work with contemporary Japanese women Soto Zen practitioners.

Texts that may be of interest:
  • Thich Nhat Hanh: Transformation at the Base (2001, Parallax Press)
  • Paula Arai: Bringing Zen Home: the Healing Heart of Japanese Women’s Rituals
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