|Course level||Advanced Bachelor, open to PhD staff and professionals
|Session 1||6 July to 20 July 2019|
|Recommended course combination||Session 2: The Beautiful Mind: Global Perceptions of Mental Health|
|Co-ordinating lecturers||Dr Henk Blezer|
|Other lecturers||To be confirmed|
|Form(s) of tuition||Interactive seminar|
|Form(s) of assessment||Group discussion, presentation, paper|
|Contact hours||45 hours|
Outside Asia and Asian communities abroad, Buddhism has almost become synonymous with meditation. More often than not, Buddhism is framed as a ‘science of the mind’ or ‘non-modern psychology’—as if it were not a contradiction in terms, given that psychology is the very flagship of modernity. The common language of popular Buddhism thus mostly derives from pop psychology. This language and particular mode of understanding indeed has become a prominent characteristic of global Buddhist modernism.
So when and how did this hermeneutical practice arise? As you will have ample opportunity to discover on this course, these somewhat complex processes of framing have been going on for quite some time; in fact, almost since the very birth of psychology as a discipline. In the end, such preferred readings of Buddhism may reveal more about the receiving cultures and the rise of global modernity than they do about Buddhism in its ‘original’ Asian contexts.
This course on Buddhism and Psychology thus provides a rare journey of self-discovery, touching the very core of modern self-understanding, across receiving cultures globally. A journey on which we critically examine everything we meet on our way, questioning modernist Buddhist assumptions, received wisdom of current Buddhist Studies discourse, and even some of the points of departure of this very course, and where needed fundamentally to revise or reframe them.
At the end of the course, you will: