Welcome to Unit One, “Beginnings”, the introductory unit of the Distance Learning Programme in Buddhist Psychology and Zen Therapy.

Section One: Getting into Learning

Section Two: A Brief History of Buddhist Psychology

Section Three: Buddhism as Psychology

Finding Your Way Around

The three sections of Module One are stored in the Pages column on the right.
As you work through each section, you will be prompted to complete exercises.
Exercises and assignments are in the "Discussion Forum" below.

General Guidance

° Establish contact with the other students both on this site and by forming peer learning groups

° Read all parts of the course material. There are three parts in each unit.

° Take notes throughout

° Keep a learning journal, either in a notebook or on your computer

° Attend the tutor led on-line seminars (you will be sent join codes).


You have two months in which to complete this unit. However, you will get much more from the course if you read the material and do the assignments early as this facilitates discussion with other students and will enable you to make greater use of seminars with the tutors.

How to Start

° Prepare yoiurself with notebook and learning journal

° Go to Section One.

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  • I will not change the content ofcourse.

  • Wonderful, I think this is gonna work well.

    Do you mind if I edit the text a bit?

    Sometimes you talk about parts (as in part one and part two) and other times you talk about sections. I suggest to change this all in sectiions.

  • Actually, the material I have put up here is probably not the most up-to-date, but it gives the idea.


 Section One: Getting into Learning
 Situating the Buddhist Psychology Course Material This unit and other units of the course draw prima…
  • The theory is in the Pages - click on Part One

  • This is great, now students can reply on the exercises of module 1! So now we have to find a place to put the theory. I think I cannot do this from Dropbox because I haven’t the ‘rights’ to do so.
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Exercise 1E

After reading David Brazier's 1992 article "Is Buddhism a Therapy?" Make sure you are clear on the following points:
 1. What different frameworks does this paper suggest as models for viewing Buddhism? 
2. Which two aspects of the therapy interaction may be worked with?
 3. What is the relationship suggested between helping and spiritual growth?
 4. What function does enhanced awareness play? 
5. What differences are given between the aims of therapy and those of spiritual practice?
 6. What…

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