Buddhist Psychology II: Abhidharma and the Psychology of Confusion

The abhidharma teachings on the five skandhas and the six "realms" provide precise understanding of the development of a false sense of self and how this mistaken view leads to a variety of styles of confusion and suffering. The study of karmic cause and effect leads to an understanding of how habitual patterns and addictive behaviors develop and may be interrupted. Pratityasamutpada is studied as an approach to understanding interdependence and systems thinking. The early ethical teachings of the Buddha are studied, and the practice of mindfulness-awareness sitting meditation is explored further, both experientially and intellectually.
Course Number: CNSC623
Units: 2.0