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Buddhism and modern psychology course...

Postby appicchato » Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:49 am

This online course (from Princeton) begins today, but there's still time to sign up for those interested (totally free)...

The intro video on the page looks like the real deal...'see' you there...

https://www.coursera.org/course/psychbuddhism
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Re: Buddhism and modern psychology course...

Postby Ben » Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:13 am

Thank you, Bhante.
I've just signed up.
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Re: Buddhism and modern psychology course...

Postby appicchato » Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:39 am

Real good Ben...I'm confident it will, in some respect, be beneficial to us both... :coffee:
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Re: Buddhism and modern psychology course...

Postby Anagarika » Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:10 am

I have also signed up. Than you, Bhante, for the 'heads up.'

As usual, I am going to sit at the back of the class, hoping that I don't get called on.
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Re: Buddhism and modern psychology course...

Postby appicchato » Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:18 am

BuddhaSoup wrote:...I am going to sit at the back of the class...


Ditto...'see' you in class...
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Re: Buddhism and modern psychology course...

Postby Cittasanto » Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:18 pm

I signed up a few weeks ago, found the the first lesson interesting
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Re: Buddhism and modern psychology course...

Postby appicchato » Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:13 am

Wanted to bump this (just once)...lay people (and at least one monk) from all over the world are giving this series rave reviews...this fella is explaining things in a way that is resonating with many, both Buddhist, as well as secular... :coffee:
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Re: Buddhism and modern psychology course...

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:18 am

appicchato wrote:Wanted to bump this (just once)...lay people (and at least one monk) from all over the world are giving this series rave reviews...this fella is explaining things in a way that is resonating with many, both Buddhist, as well as secular... :coffee:

I have enjoyed the first lectures and office hour videos.
Will be rewatching the lectures after work.
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Re: Buddhism and modern psychology course...

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:14 am

Thanks for drawing the course to our attention, Venerable. It's certainly worth watching. It's very cool the way he enlists discussions with others to help with some points, including Bhikkhu bodhi, Shinzen Young, Joseph Goldstein...

The mid-term assignment requires an 800-word essay on either the Buddha's analysis of suffering or non-self. Would be interesting to submit an assignment if one had time...

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Re: Buddhism and modern psychology course...

Postby appicchato » Sun Apr 06, 2014 5:51 am

mikenz66 wrote:Thanks for drawing the course to our attention...

Would be interesting to submit an assignment...


Happy to oblige...

Interesting, yes...although this one is way beyond composing an 800 word essay (on any topic), let alone in any way approaching coherency...we'll see though...still have a week to go... :coffee:
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Re: Buddhism and modern psychology course...

Postby Modus.Ponens » Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:58 am

It's been really interesting, so far. He has been as rigorous as a person can be in that short time. I still haven't seen week 3's lectures, but I hope that the actual meaning of what the nun said, about feelings not being real, gets adressed in the not self lecture.

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Re: Buddhism and modern psychology course...

Postby mikenz66 » Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:42 pm

In the fourth week we're seeing some discussion of how modern psychology views the self. Interesting stuff... If you're pushed for time you could actually start with week 4, since the first three weeks are mostly explaining Buddhist views. On the other hand, the discussion of the Buddha's view on not self in week 3 was also very interesting...

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Re: Buddhism and modern psychology course...

Postby mikenz66 » Sat Apr 26, 2014 7:30 am

All of the lectures are now up, though there will be another "office hours" wrap up next week. I Must say I have found this an extremely enjoyable course. Prof Wright has certainly thought long and hard about a number of issues...

I'd urge members to check it out, and, if you have time, answer some of the questions that come up on the extremely active discussion forum.

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Re: Buddhism and modern psychology course...

Postby waterchan » Sat Apr 26, 2014 10:55 am

The discussion forum there is kind of a culture shock if you're used to Dhamma Wheel!
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Re: Buddhism and modern psychology course...

Postby Chraeloos » Mon May 05, 2014 7:43 pm

Has anyone completed this course?

I submitted the final essay over the weekend. I had a few disagreements to the way he explained things particularly in the later lectures.

How many people are doing the final essay, I wonder?
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Re: Buddhism and modern psychology course...

Postby mikenz66 » Mon May 05, 2014 8:00 pm

I didn't do the essays, but I found the course generally very interesting. I also found that the last lecture didn't really live up to the promise of the previous ones, but it's a rather difficult task to pull of of these ideas together.

The full interviews linked from the lectures (with Bhikkhu Bodhi, Joseph Goldstein, etc) were also well worth listening to. Small soundbites were used in the lectures, but the entire one-hour discussions obviously contained much more information.

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