Buddhism, Psychology & Mental Health Minor Program

Requirements: 4 full courses or their equivalent, including one FCE at the 300+level

First Year:
No specific first-year courses required.

Higher Years:
1. NEW232Y1
2. 1.5 full course equivalents from the Core Group
3. 1.5 full course equivalents from Group A

Core Group

JNR301H1, NEW214H1, NEW214Y1, NEW332H1, NEW333H1, NEW334H1, NEW335H1, NEW336H1, NEW337H1, NEW338H1, NEW339H1, NEW430H1, NEW432H1, NEW433H1, NEW438H1

Group A

ANT100Y1, ANT204H1, ANT348H1, ANT356H1; COG250Y1, COG341H1, COG342H1; EAS241H1, EAS346H1, EAS361H1, EAS393H1, EAS393Y1, EAS414H1; FAH260H1; HIS280Y1, HIS282Y1; HMB300H1, HMB434H1; HPS100H1, HPS110H1, HPS200H1, HPS250H1, HPS326H1, HPS352H1; NEW214H1, NEW214Y1, NEW302Y1, NEW303H1, NEW332H1, NEW333H1, NEW335H1, NEW336H1, NEW339H1, NEW432H1, NEW433H1, NEW438H1; PHL100Y1, PHL200Y1, PHL201H1, PHL217H1, PHL232H1, PHL235H1, PHL237H1, PHL240H1, PHL244H1, PHL275H1, PHL281H1, PHL302H1, PHL310H1, PHL311H1, PHL319H1, PHL320H1, PHL326H1, PHL331H1, PHL332H1, PHL335H1, PHL340H1, PHL341H1, PHL375H1, PHL376H1, PHL382H1, PHL383H1, PHL404H1, PHL405H1, PHL406H1, PHL407H1, PHL414H1, PHL415H1, PHL478H1, PHL479H1; PSY100H1, PSY210H1, PSY220H1, PSY230H1, PSY240H1, PSY260H1, PSY270H1, PSY280H1, PSY311H1, PSY312H1, PSY313H1, PSY321H1, PSY326H1, PSY331H1, PSY333H1, PSY336H1, PSY337H1, PSY341H1, PSY342H1, PSY343H1, PSY370H1, PSY371H1, PSY414H1, PSY425H1, PSY426H1, PSY434H1, PSY435H1, PSY450H1, PSY473H1, PSY493H1; RLG200H1, RLG206H1, RLG209H1, RLG210Y1, RLG211H1, RLG212H1, RLG213H1, RLG229H1, RLG231H1, RLG245H1, RLG246H1, RLG280Y1, RLG301H1, RLG303H1, RLG304H1, RLG311H1, RLG366H1, RLG368H1, RLG372H1, RLG373H1, RLG374H1, RLG376H1, RLG377H1, RLG378H1, RLG421H1, RLG462H1, RLG463H1, RLG464H1, RLG465H1, RLG469Y1, RLG470H1; SOC212H1, SOC243H1, SOC250Y1, SOC363H1, SOC448H1, SOC483H1; VIC106H1, VIC206H1



NEW214Y1 Socially Engaged Buddhism (formerly NEW214H1)

A comprehensive survey of socially-engaged Buddhism. Particular focus on contemporary movements in Vietnam, Tibet, China & Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and India, including the Humanistic Buddhism movements inspired by the Ven. Taixu Fashi, Ven. Shengyan Fashi, Ven. Hsing-yun Fashi and others. The role of women in Buddhism is discussed.
Exclusion: NEW214Y1; DR=HUM; BR=3

NEW232Y1 Buddhist Psychology

Explores the contributions of Buddhism to the study of human consciousness and behaviour. Focus is on the expanding academic discourse on the intersection of Buddhist and Western theories of psychology, phenomenology and psychotherapy. Includes analyses of the application of Buddhist mindfulness meditation in clinical interventions for mental and physical disorders.
Exclusion: NEW402Y1, NEW432Y1; DR=HUM; BR=2

NEW332H1 Buddhism and Psychotherapy

Evaluates the relationship between Buddhist psychology and the practice of Western psychotherapy. Areas that will be studied include positive psychology, psychoanalysis, cognitive-behaviour therapy, mindfulness meditation and Jungian psychology. Comparisons with original Buddhist teachings and commentaries will be made.
Recommended preparation: NEW232Y1; DR=HUM; BR=2

NEW333H1 Buddhism and Cognitive Science

Examines the growing confluence between Buddhism and Cognitive Science.  After providing an overview of the nature of cognitive science, the course constructs a cognitive scientific account of the nature of existential meaning and examines why the West is suffering a meaning crisis. The course then explores the viability of existential meaning within a secular and scientific worldview, and then argues that Buddhism represents a viable way, within a secular and scientific worldview, in which existential meaning can be cultivated and developed as wisdom and compassion.  Material from psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, philosophy, and complex systems theory will be critically examined and integrated with central ideas from Buddhist psychology and wisdom cultivation in order to explore the connections between intelligence, spirituality, self-transcendence, and wisdom.
Recommended preparation: NEW232Y1/RLG206Y1; DR=HUM; BR=2

NEW334H1 Science of Wisdom:  Buddhist and Western Traditions

Provides a conceptual and practical exploration of several ancient wisdom traditions.  Buddhist approaches to self-actualization and wisdom will be compared to four Western sites of wisdom (i.e., Mesopotamia, ancient Greece, Christian monasticism, Renaissance). Includes guided experiential exercises for each of the wisdom traditions.
Recommended preparation:  NEW232Y1; DR=HUM; BR=2

NEW335H1 Meditation and the Body

In recent years, the effects of meditation on the body have been widely researched.  There is an increasing body of evidence that mindfulness meditation can affect brain activity, brain structure, neurochemistry and other psychobiological processes (e.g. blood pressure, cardiac function).  This course will examine the research in this emerging field.
Prerequisite:  Completion of 9.0 credits; Recommended preparation:  NEW232Y1; DR=SCI; BR=4

NEW337H1 Special Topics in Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health

2018-2019 Topic:  Mindfulness Meditation, Education and Mental Health:  Theory, Praxis and Research
This course explores the burgeoning expansion of mindfulness meditation by highlighting the current trends and applications of mindfulness in education. The course will review developmental, psychological, and pedagogical issues related to the teaching of mindfulness to children and adolescents. In addition, the methodological challenges in conducting research on, and the empirical evidence for, the effect of mindfulness practices on younger populations will be surveyed.

NEW338H1 Cultivating Consciousness

Mindfulness meditation is a systematic investigation of subjective experience.  Classic and modern descriptions of mindfulness and the recent scientific literature are surveyed.  Students explore a number meditative techniques such as concentration and insight meditation and are required to maintain an ongoing meditation practice during the course.
Prerequisite:  NEW232Y1/NEW3332H1/NEW333H1/NEW334H1/NEW335H1/NEW339H1; Exclusion:  NEW432H1 (Cultivating Consciousness); DR=SOC SCI; BR=2

NEW339H1 Yogacara Buddhism and Western Psychology

A comparative study of mind in Indian Yogacara Buddhism and modern psychology. Yogacara teachings address the three aspects of mind, the storehouse consciousness, and the notion that the root of all phenomena is mind, allowing a dialogue with the modern scientific understanding of the mind in psychology.
Recommended preparation: NEW232Y1; DR=HUM; BR=2

NEW430H1 Jungian Psychology and Tantric Buddhism

Carl Jung wrote extensively on the benefits of Buddhism to personal development and transformation.  Explores the contribution of Jungian psychology to an understanding of Tantric (or Vajrayana) Buddhism.  Through experiential exercises, students will investigate the role of archetypal psychology and identification as a mediator of spiritual change.
Prerequisite:  NEW232Y1; Exclusion:  NEW433H1 (Psychology of Tantric Buddhism); DR=HUM; BR=1

NEW432H1 Advanced Special Topics in Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health

2018-2019 Topics:  Advances in Neuroscience and Mindfulness

NEW438H1 Research Seminar in Buddhist Psychology (formerly NEW338H1)

Critically evaluates the empirical research literature relevant to the study of Buddhist psychology. Conceptual, methodological and interpretive limitations of the scientific literature are discussed. Students will apply their understanding by designing an experiment to empirically evaluate an aspect of Buddhist psychology.
Prerequisite: one statistics course (e.g. PSY201H1, PSY202H1, SOC202H1) or permission of the instructor
Recommended Preparation: NEW232Y1/331H1/333H1
Exclusion: NEW338H1; DR=SOC SCI; BR = 5
NOTE:  This is a 0.5 FCE course that runs over the full academic year and meets (approximately) biweekly.