BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY (ABHIDHAMMA)

22 - 23 July,  29 - 30 July
5 - 6 August, 12 - 13 August
(4 weekends)
Every Sat & Sun

In collaboration with the Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University

At WDS Meditation and Development Center, Karnapi tee 10 (Aegna Island).


1. COURSE CONTENT

PART I

INTRODUCTION

Textbook pp. 1-19.

5 Hours

1.1

Introduction to Abhidhamma - Buddhist psychology

0,5 h

1.2.

Western psychology -­ origin, schools of psychology

  1 h

1.3.

Origin of Abhidhamma, scriptures, commentaries, and modern day sub-commentaries

0,5 h

1.4.

Abhidhamma compared with Dhamma

0,5 h

1.5

Glossary (Pāli-English-Estonian)

1 h

1.6.

2 Realities (sacca), 4 Ultimate realities (paramattha-sacca), names (paññatti)

0,5 h

1.7.

Matter and mind (nāma-rūpa)

1 h

PART II

COUNSCIOUSNESS (CITTA)

Textbook pp. 20-63.

8 Hours

2.1.

Four classes of consciousness (citta). Definitions of citta as 121 or 89 types

7 h

2.2.

Jhāna’s and jhānaṅga’s

1 h

PART III

MENTAL FACTORS (CETASIKA)

Textbook pp. 64-112.

8 Hours

3.1.

Classification of cetasika’s

10 h

3.2.

Wholesome and unwholesome cetasika’s

1 h

3.3.

Different combinations of cetasika’s with different citta’s

1 h

PART IV

MISCELLANEOUS SECTION (PAKINNAKA)

Textbook pp. 113-130.

4 Hours

4.1.

Classification of citta’s according to feeling and roots

2 h

4.2.

Classification of citta’s according to vatthu

2 h

PART V

PROCESS OF CONSCIOUSNESS (VITHI)

Textbook pp. 131-180.

4 Hours

5.1.

Process of Consciousness

4 h

PART VI

PLANES OF EXISTENCE

Textbook pp. 181-223.

6 Hours

6.1.

Four planes of existence (bhūmi)

2 h

6.2.

Person and rebirth (paṭisandhi)

1 h

6.3.

Life spans

1 h

6.4.

Karma (kamma). Classifications and defects of karma.

2 h

PART VII

MATTER (RŪPA)

Textbook pp. 224-252.

4 Hours

7.1.

Enumeration of rūpa

2 h

7.2.

Types of rūpa’s

1 h

7.3.

Nibbāna

1 h

PART VIII

COMPENDIUM OF ULTIMATE ENTITIES (SAMUCCAYA)

Textbook pp. 253-294.

16 Hours

8.1.

72 Ultimate entities (vatthu-dhamma)


8.2.

Compendium of immoral categories (akusala-saṅgaha)

4 Intoxicants (āsava), 4 Floods (ogha), 4 Ties (gantha), 4 Graspings (upādāna), 6 Hindrances (nivārana), 10 Fetters (saṃyojana), 10 Defilements (kilesā), 1500 kilesā’s, 108 Cravings (taṇhā)


8.3.

Compendium of mixed categories (missaka-saṅgaha)
6 Roots (hetu), 12 Constituents of the Path (maggaṅgas), 24 Faculties (indriya), 9 Powers (bala), 4 Dominating Factors (adhipati), 4 Foods (āhāra)


8.4.

Compendium of Enlightenment-factors (bodhipakkhiya-saṅgaha)
4 Foundation of Mindfulness (satipaṭṭhāna), 4 Supreme Efforts (sammappadhāna), 4 Foundation of Accomplishment (iddhipāda), 4 Faculties (indriya), 5 Powers (bala), 7 Constituents of Enlightenment (bojjhaṅga), 8 Constituents of the Path (maggaṅgas)


8.5.

Compendium of the whole vatthu-dhamma’s (sabba-saṅgaha)

5 Aggregates (khandha), 5 Types of Grasping (upādānakkhandha), 12 Bases (āyatana), 18 Elements (dhātu), 4 Noble Truths (ariya-sacca)


PART IX

COSE OF CONDITIONS (PACCAYA)

Textbook pp. 295-255.

1 Hours

9.1.

2 Methods of conditioning

0,5 h

9.2.

The Law of Dependent Origination (paṭiccasamuppādana)

0,5 h

PART X

SUBJECTS OF MEDITATION (KAMMAṬṬHĀNA)

Textbook pp. 256-431.

8 Hours

10.1.

Mental development (bhāvanā) = meditation


10.2.

Samatha-bhāvanā and Vipassanā-bhāvanā


10.3.

40 objects of Samatha-bhāvanā


10.4.

6 types of nature (carita)


10.5.

3 Stages of bhāvanā and meditation Image (bhāvanā-nimitta)


10.6.

Higher Power (abhiññā)


10.7.

Objects of Vipassanā-bhāvanā 


10.8.

7 Stages of the Path of Purification (visuddhi)


10.9.

10 Impurities of Vipassanā (uppakkilesa)


10.10.

8 Types of Noble Persons (ariyā)


 2. PRE-REQUISITES

Required secondary education. A degree in Buddhism, Social work, Psychological counseling, Psychiatry, Therapy or in Psychology will be particularly useful.

3. LEVEL OF DELIVERY

The level of delivery generally corresponds to college training for a Diploma.

4. CERTIFICATES AWARDED

After satisfactory completion of all parts a Certificate in Buddhist Psychology can be awarded provided diligence is shown in following the course. Part of the diligence is to complete assignments given or in attending face to face classes.

5. METHOD OF DELIVERY

The main textbook is Dr. Mehm Tin Mon “The Essence of Buddha Abhidhamma.”
Face to face classes will be afforded eight times (per 8 hours, total 64 hours). Classes will take the style of seminars in which everyone can contributes to the discussion.

6. TIME TABLE AND VENUE

The time table will be settled to suit participants as much as possible. The default venue is the Wat Doi Suthep Meditation and Development Centre at Karnapi tee 10, Tallinn, Estonia (Aegna island). The hours will be 08.00-11.00, 13.00-15.00 and 16.00-18.00 among the all Saturdays and Sundays of July 2017. Students should be content with simple lodging and bedding.

7. TEACHING STAFF

Qualifications expected of lecturers are on par with qualifications expected of lecturers in universities and tertiary colleges. Current lecturers in this course will be invited to teach on agreed topics from Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University (Thailand).
  • Venerable Ne Mind Da (Myanmar) - Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University Lecturer, the author of “Buddhist Meditation” and several other books.
  • Venerable Piyaratana Walmoruwe (Sri Lanka) - Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University Lecturer, the author of “Sīgālasutta”, “Theravaada Buddhism” and several other books.
  • Venerable Ṭhitañāṇo Bhikkhu (Estonia) - Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University Lecturer, the author of “From Siddhattha to Buddha”, co-author of “Developer’s Handbook” (Arendaja Käsiraamat, Äripäev Publication) and the author of nearly 50 Psychology related articles, published in various newspapers and magazines.

8. BENEFITS OF FOLLOWING THE COURSE

The course is not recognised as a qualification of any specific type of employment. However completion of the course may be well regarded in certain types of employment or engagement such as Dhamma Schools, public schools, mental-health-related organizations etc.

9. COURSE FEES AND DONATIONS

Fees will not be charged for this course. In the past, participants have made voluntary donations that have helped the organisation to continue its commitment to further education and training.

When making a donation please always send a brief email to info@sangha.ee  

The bank particulars are given below:

Organisation information
Name: Estonian Theravada Sangha
Reg. code: 80372075
Address: Silla 1 – 8, Põltsamaa, Jõgeva,
Post code: 48502

Bank information
Bank: LHV Pank
Account no.: (IBAN): EE667700771001342232
BIC/SWIFT: LHVBEE22
Interbank code: 689
Registration no.: 10539549
VAT no.: EE100530247
Info: Mon–Fri 9–19, Sat 10–17 Ph: +372 6 800 400; Skype: info@lhv.ee
Address: Tartu mnt 2, Tallinn
Post code: 10145

10. HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE COURSE

Please fill an Course Application form.
In case you have more questions, please send them to us: info@sangha.ee

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COURSE APPLICATION FORM

Estonian Theravada Sangha Summer School
(non-degree)
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Eesti theravaada sangha estonian theravada sangha andrus kahn thitanano bhikkhu Ṭhitañāṇo bhikkhu Head of Estonian Sangha