Foundations of Mindfulness: An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology

Online Course
$60.00 – List Price
$60.00 – Member/Affiliate Price
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The use of mindfulness methods and techniques in psychotherapy has enjoyed increasing popularity.   This workshop addresses the theoretical roots of mindfulness in Buddhist psychology, beginning with the Middle Way theory of Mādhyamika Buddhism, which demonstrates the interdependence, impermanence, and emptiness (lack of essence) of phenomena and proposes viewing phenomena as conventionally real but not having inherent reality.  We next consider the concept of self from this perspective of emptiness, applying the understanding of "no-self," and emphasizing how psychological dysfunction arises when we reify conventional concepts such as self and treat them as having inherent existence.  Subsequently, we survey meditation techniques, focusing on awareness of created mental processes and immediate physical sensations as a way to assist in seeing that phenomena, including self, lack permanent essence.  The workshop then articulates a rationale for the use of mindfulness in psychotherapy and describes examples of mindfulness methods and techniques from various psychotherapy approaches.      

Part of the APA Online Academy Professional Development Presentation Campus.  

Learning Objectives
  • Define the concepts of dependent origination, impermanence, and emptiness and their relevance to human dysfunction and effectiveness as described by the Middle Way theory of Mādhyamika Buddhism.

  • Gain familiarity with a variety of meditation and psychotherapy techniques that focus on awareness of created mental processes and immediate physical sensations.        

Spencer McWilliams, PhD
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