Introduces the fast growing dialogue between Buddhist and Western psychology, explaining how and why Buddhist thought and practice are uniquely suited to breaking down centuries old barriers between modern science and spiritual traditions, and presenting the Nalanda tradition (integrating three waves of contemplative science in one continuous stream) as the most modern, scientific, and comprehensive synthesis of the major schools of Buddhist psychology.
Week 2: Personal Self-Healing
Explores the basic science of personal self-healing in Buddhist psychology, based on mindfulness, insight, and kindness. The full benefit of this science for turning addiction, anxiety, and depression into inner freedom and lasting happiness is contrasted with the limited and fleeting benefits of pop mindfulness practice. Current neuroscience models of mindfulness and current methods of mindfulness-based therapy are compared with the rigorous understanding and full-bored practice preserved in the Nalanda tradition.
Week 3: Social Healing
Explores the interpersonal science of social healing in Buddhist psychology, based on compassion training, radical openness, and enlightened altruism. Unpacks the full power of this positive science for transforming traumatic emotions, reactive relationships, and social oppression into equanimity, healthy interdependence, and global empathy. Current neuroscience models of empathy and compassion and current methods of compassion-based therapy are compared with the profound wisdom and and expansive practice preserved in the Nalanda tradition.
Week 4: Embodied Healing
Explores the mind/body science of embodied healing in Buddhist psychology, based on heroic vision, transformative flow states, and intuitive openness. It fleshes out the full depth and breadth of this embodied science for transforming buried traumas, reactive instincts, and unconscious narcissism into creative vision, inspired energy, and embodied altruism. Current neuroscience models of imagery and flow and current methods of embodied therapy are compared with the radical mind-brain integration and world-transforming arts preserved in the Nalanda tradition.