2013 July 14 – August 14 Budapest Buddhist Summer School

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Oxford Handbook of Happiness The Oxford Handbook of Happiness saw printer’s ink last month. A voluminous 1097 page desk-book comprising 79 chapters by 121 contributors, it includes two chapters on Buddhist views. One is authored by the illustrious Venerable Matthieu Ricard and the other one (chapter 28) “Relational Buddhism: An integrative psychology of happiness amidst existential suffering” is written by lucky me.

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Dear Dr. Kwee

I am pleased to inform you that the Psychology Progress team has identified your recent publication, Relational Buddhism: Wedding K.J. Gergen’s Relational Being and Buddhism to Create Harmony In-Between-Selves as being of special interest to the progress in the Psychology field. We would like to list your publication on our next edition of the Psychology Progress series.

Psychology Progress alerts the scientific community to breaking journal articles considered to represent the best in Psychology research. For today’s edition, click here. Psychology Progress is viewed almost 40,000 times each month and has an audience of academic and clinical personnel from a growing number of the top 20 major academic institutions… … …




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The Collaborative Practice of Buddhist Psychotherapy with Live Demonstrations

April 10, 2013 Presenter: Maurits Kwee (Taos, New Mexico, USA)

Participants are invited to discover Buddhist Psychotherapy in the framework of Relational Buddhism which is aka “Karma Transformation”. This approach aims at changing self-conversation, one’s self-talk and other-talk, debouching in disturbing moods and scenarios of interpersonal emotional expression. The emphasis is on transforming intentional action, i.e. karmic self-dialogue, which is viewed as interdependently related to motives, feelings, and “relational being”. The workshop will cover and explain a number of pan-Buddhist psychological core concepts and analogous cognitive-behavioral terms for an adequate understanding of the skillful art of zeroing in to clients’ issues. In the context of a joint exploration which is (inter)action-oriented by demonstrating the collaborative practice of Karma Transformation through dealing with volunteers’ inputs, there will be plenty of room for Q&A, deliberation, and discussion during the day. The basic idea for the gathering is to share, embody, and infuse life in what is written in the book Psychotherapyby Karma Transformation: Relational Buddhism and Rational Practice to be found at www.taosinstitute.net/worldshare-books (downloadable free-of-charge or sent in pdf).

For questions, contact: mauritskwee@gmail.com or @Linkedin: Dr. G T Maurits Kwee, PhD. Pre-Reading for this workshop: click here Cost – General rate: $250; Student rate: $200. (After March 15th, add $50) Schedule – Wed.payday loans April 10th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, lunch provided. Register here: www.taosinstitute.net/register-20th-anniversary For info on Relational Buddhism: http://relationalbuddhism.org and facebook @relational buddhism, on Maurits Kwee: www.taosinstitute.net/maurits-gt-kwee-phd and facebook @maurits kwee, and for more reading: www.taosinstitute.net/manuscripts-for-downloading

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Global Buddhist Congregation

The year 2011 is of immense importance to Dhamma practitioners, being the 2600th year of Sambodhiprapti, the Enlightenment of Buddha. Since that momentous turning point in the history of civilization, Buddha’s teachings have become the predominant way of life for people of various nationalities and cultures. Consequently 2011 will see many events taking place all over the world in commemoration.

India is the birthplace of Buddhism, the Dhamma that gave to the world the profound teachings of non-violence, compassion and wisdom as taught by Buddha – teachings which continue to be relevant and, in truth, desperately needed in these much troubled times. In order to commemorate Buddha’s Sambodhiprapti, and deepen our understanding of his teachings while re-emphasizing their relevance in today’s consumer-driven world, the Asoka Mission is organizing a four-day Global Buddhist Congregation from 27 November to 30 November 2011 in New Delhi, India.

Religious, spiritual and world leaders, as well as 800 scholars, delegates and observers from 32 countries will be attending the Congregation. Never before has there been a congregation of this magnitude that will examine both the capacity and the resilience of Buddhism to engage with the most pressing concerns of the modern world, namely violence, social and economic disparity, environmental degradation and discord between and within communities and nations. A gathering such as this will, undoubtedly, contribute to cultivating and fostering peace, harmony, co-existence and a shared responsibility amidst the diversity of cultures, communities and nations. To this end the Congregation aims to set up an international forum that will define collective action aimed at promoting peace, stability and prosperity the world over, and creating a united voice against prejudices, exploitation and violence.

Moreover, in the past two and a half millennia, the modes of expression and traditions within Buddhism have diversified in many creative ways.  Thus it is important to recapitulate, from time to time, the guiding principles and central teachings of Buddha. The Congregation will, therefore, also be our humble attempt to encapsulate the history of Buddhism and its growth through the ages.

In keeping with the significance of the occasion the President of India has been requested to inaugurate the Congregation on 27 November 2011, with the Prime Minister as Guest of Honour.


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