Buddhism and Psychology

Price: $125.00
This course features lectures delivered in streaming voice-over-PowerPoint from over the Web.

The lectures provide a review of Buddhist theories and techniques related to cognition and mental health, drawn from Chan/Zen, Tantric, Vipassana and Pure Land traditions. The role of Yogic meditation and mindfulness will be explored in comparing ideas of "enlightenment" and "insight" to the goals of psychotherapy.

The Web Lectures for this class provide 8 Hrs of CE credit

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Lewis Lancaster, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus at University of California, Berkeley. He is a specialist in the canons of Buddhist texts, and taught in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at UC, Berkeley, for 33 years, with five years as Chair. By means of a grant from the National Geographic Society, he and a group of students and faculty inventoried texts in monasteries among the Sherpa people in the Himalayas. He then began to research the problems of converting Buddhist texts from Pali and Chinese into computer format, which resulted in major CD ROM databases. That computer experience then led him to form an association of scholars called the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative, which is housed on the Berkeley campus and has a thousand affiliates worldwide. He is also the former President of University of the West, in Rosemead, CA.

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