Psychology (Buddhist Psychology) OpenCourseWare: UC Berkeley's Free Bachelor Level Class on Buddhist Psychology

Published Feb 09, 2009

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The 'Buddhist Psychology' course provides a contrast to the natural science and philosophical theories of cognition, perception, motivation, emotion, social interaction and neurosis. The University of California - Berkeley's Department of Psychology has made this undergraduate course available as free OpenCourseWare to any student interested in psychology or the Buddhist tradition.

Buddhist Psychology: Course Specifics

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Buddhist Psychology: Course Description

Professor Eleanor H. Rosch developed her self-described 'atypical' course around the concept that the mind we are trained to use is just one part of the whole system. By studying the Buddhist tradition we can gain further insight into the workings of the mind. While incorporating materials from the social sciences, Rosch's lectures present historical interpretations of Buddhist psychology. The lecture series begins with a discussion of the life of the Buddha. Other lecture topics include Vipassana meditation, Theravada Buddhism, the concept of shunyata and Karma. Anyone with an interest in psychology, the workings of the mind or the Buddhist tradition will benefit from this undergraduate course made available by the UC Berkeley Department of Psychology.

The course materials include 26 audio lectures. To download the lectures, visit the Buddhist psychology course page.

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