Two Forthcoming Online Courses on Buddhism and Meditation

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Two Forthcoming Online Courses on Buddhism and Meditation

Postby Dan Rooney » Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:35 am

Coursera (a huge online learning centre which generally seems to have pretty high-quality courses) has two six-week courses on Buddhism/meditation starting next month. They may be a bit basic for most here but you never know....

Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World

Introduces students to (i) the history of Buddhist contemplative traditions in India and Tibet (meditation, yoga, mindfulness, visualization, etc.), (ii) innovations in scientific research on understanding such contemplative practices, (iii) recent adaptations of such practices in multiple professional and personal areas, and (iv) the practices themselves through brief secular contemplative exercises.

Buddhism and Modern Psychology

The Buddha said that human suffering—ranging from anxiety to sadness to unfulfilled craving—results from not seeing reality clearly. He described a kind of meditation that promises to ease suffering by dispelling illusions about the world and ourselves. What does psychological science say about this diagnosis and prescription—and about the underlying model of the mind?

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Re: Two Forthcoming Online Courses on Buddhism and Meditatio

Postby Mkoll » Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:50 am

That website is a great source for free, quality education. Thanks for linking.

Buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi
Dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi
Saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi

Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world; by non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is an eternal law.
-Dhp 5

sabbe sattā sukhi hontu :smile:

Courage can only be cultivated in the face of fear.

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