HDS 3015

Buddhist Psychology: Theory and Practice

Andrew Olendzki


The core teachings of the Buddha are deeply rooted in the workings of the mind: how it operates in daily life, what causes contribute to happiness and unhappiness, and how techniques of mental development can purify and transform the mind. This course consists of a close reading of specifically selected Pali texts which help illuminate the early Buddhist understanding of the mind, the senses, consciousness and the world of human experience. Special attention is given to how both the theoretical models of mind and the therapeutic practices of Buddhism can be understood in the light of modern psychology and neuroscience, and of how these teachings function as an on-going source of guidance and meaning for contemporary Buddhists.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 25 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Fall 2012
Thurs 1pm-3pm
Andover Hall Room 103

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Buddhist Studies
  • South Asian Religious Traditions
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Scriptural Interpretation
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None