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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF RELATIONAL BUDDHISM & KARMA TRANSFORMATION

A MENU TO CHOOSE FROM FOR A TAILORED PROGRAM OF 30 MINUTES TO 3 DAYS HIGHLIGHTING BUDDHIST PRACTICE AND SPIRIT THROUGH CONVERSATION, SELF-DIALOGUE AND SILENCE

It is possible to cater a custom-fit workshop/seminar program adjusted to the level and culture of the audience

BUDDHA AS THERAPIST: MEDITATIONS & CONVERSATIONS

THERAPY, COUNSELING & COACHING BY KARMA TRANSFORMATION WITH LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS – The themes/subjects are offered as 1-hour lecture/presentation, 2-hour workshop, 4-hour seminar, 1-day master class, or 1-week intensive course

Buddha as Therapist: Meditations

This 1-week intensive course is part of two consecutive courses which include practicum are complementary to each other by forming each other’s introduction and sequel (meditations and conversations). Secular Buddhist practices like emptying the mind and deconstructing the ego or self are congruent with the basic idea of contemporary psychotherapy. That is why The Buddha is presented here as a therapist before the terms psychology and therapy were coined. He was a pioneer and forerunner in transforming disturbing emotions by changing conduct and cognition. This course is meant for everyone who is interested, professionally or personally, in gaining insight in self and in balancing life of one’s own or others. Ideally, s/he is willing to embody the spirit of loving-kindness, empathic compassion, joyful contentment and meditative wisdom in daily life. These basic attitudes comprise the general factors in transforming mind from bad, sad, mad, and scared to glad in conversation with the therapist and in private self-talk. The course features ingredients for an inspiring presentation with lots of humour and seriousness, a lively interaction and understanding of the Buddhist flavour in doing therapy/meditation which aims at transforming karma toward an awakened mentality. The student might gain deep insight in Buddhism and its methods with a far-reaching after-effect. (A certificate will be issued at the end.)

Buddha as Therapist, Meditations: Subjects

Hour 1  Psychology in Buddhism 1: virtual excursion Borobudur

            2  Psychology in Buddhism 2: virtual excursion Borobudur

            3  Buddhism: Westwards, secularity & psychology

           4  Buddhism as Non-theism

           5  Psychotherapy schools

           6  Pristine Mindfulness/Heartfulness1: exercise/homework

           7  Pristine Mindfulness/Heartfulness2: exercise/homework

           8  Breathing meditation (exercise/homework)

           9  The ‘common factors’ approach

        10 Sensory meditation (exercise/homework)

        11 Karma Assessment (static)

        12 Death contemplation (exercise/homework)

        13 Karma Transformation

        14 Loving-kindness (exercise/homework)

        15 Dependent Origination of emotional suffering

        16 Compassion (exercise/homework)

        17 Karma Functional Analysis (process)

        18 Laughing meditation, smiling visualization & evaluation

Buddha as Therapist: Conversations

This 1-week intensive course is part of two consecutive courses which include practicum are complementary to each other by forming each other’s introduction and sequel (conversations and meditations). Secular Buddhist practices like emptying the mind and deconstructing the ego or self are congruent with the basic idea of contemporary psychotherapy. That is why the Buddha is presented here as a therapist before the terms psychology and therapy were coined. He was a pioneer and forerunner in transforming disturbing emotions by changing conduct and cognition. This course is meant for everyone who is interested, professionally or personally, in gaining insight in self and in balancing life of one’s own or others. Ideally, s/he is willing to embody the spirit of loving-kindness, empathic compassion, joyful contentment and meditative wisdom in daily life. These basic attitudes comprise the general factors in transforming mind from bad, sad, mad and scared to glad in conversation with the therapist and in private self-talk. The course features ingredients for an inspiring presentation with lots of humour and seriousness, a lively interaction and understanding of the Buddhist flavour in doing therapy/meditation which aims at transforming karma toward an awakened mentality. The student might gain deep insight in Buddhism and its methods with a far-reaching after-effect. (A certificate will be issued at the end.)

Buddha as Therapist, Conversations: Subjects

Hour 1 2600 years of Buddhism: the East & Ancient Greece

          2 Pan-Buddhism: pivotal themes

          3 The Buddha: psychological life story 1

          4 The Buddha: psychological life story 2

          5 The ABCDE of Ennobling Realities: karma episodes

          6 Demonstration (homework)

          7 The ABC of Karma Transformation

          8 Exercising the ABC in dyads or triads (homework)

          9 The DE of Karma Transformation

        10 Exercising DE in dyads of triads (homework)

        11 Psychotherapy by Karma Transformation 1

        12 Demonstration/exercise 1 (homework)

        13 Psychotherapy by Karma Transformation 2  

        14 Demonstration/exercise 2 (homework)

        15 Psychotherapy by Karma Transformation 3

        16 Demonstration/exercise 3 (homework)

        17 Psychotherapy by Karma Transformation: the end

        18 ABCDE (student’s paper) & evaluation of goals & expectations

Examples of a One-Day Workshop:

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  • Timetable of a One-Day Workshop (Delivered at the Association for Transpersonal Psychiatry, January 12, 2013; Utrecht, Netherlands):
  • 10.00 Buddhist Denominations
  • 10.30 Pan-Buddhist Themes
  • 11.15 Interactive Coffee Break 
  • 11.45 Buddhist Psychology  
  • 13.00 Interactive Lunch 
  • 13.30 Heartfulness: Pristine Mindfulness 
  • 14.15 Buddhist Meditations  
  • 15.00 Interactive Tea Break 
  • 15.30 Transformation via Death Meditation 
  • 16.15 Q&A: Interaction
  • 17.00 The End

 

Example of a Three-Day Seminar:

1. Mahayana Buddhism by touring the Borobudur 

2. Toward a New Buddhist Psychology 

Buddhist Psychology: beyond philosophy

Non-theism: neither theism nor atheism

A Social Construction approach to ‘dharmas’/experience, Reality & Nirvana

MULTILOGUES

3. The Buddha: life & discourses

Ancient Greek Buddhism & Proto-Mahayana

Mahayana schools: Emptiness-Only & Mind-Only

The Social Construction of Relational Buddhism

MULTILOGUES

4. Karma & Skandhas: psychological modalities

Body/Speech/Mind: Dependent Origination & Substance

Karma definition (short/long) and Karma sequence (12 links)

The ABC of Karma (emotional episodes of intentional action)

MULTILOGUES

5. Assessment of unwholesomeness and/or intro in Heartfulness 

Ignorance (how the mind works: self-illusion/god-delusion & defense mechanisms)

Assessment of greed (incl. fear of loss & grief of the lost) & hatred (incl. self-hate /depression and other-hate/anger), and/or intro: the 8 states of Pristine Mindfulness

MULTILOGUES

6. Transformation through meditation: exercises

Selection of Pristibe Mindfulness, the G-factor (bare-noting/gate-keeping/introspecting/ constructing): 12 ascending meditations toward AHA/emptiness & of 4 descending social meditations (kindness/compassion/joy/equanimity) toward HAHAHA/Inter-being

MULTILOGUES 

7. Psychotherapy/counseling of self-talk & memory: exercises

Functional/dysfunctional – rational/irrational self-dialogues: should-ism/musts

Non-attachment & fluid identity vs. the “is-of identity”: dis-identify toward not-self

Karma Transformation/Counseling: public life demonstration with volunteers

MULTIOGUES

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