Psychoanalysis & Buddhism

Term: Summer 2010

Subject Code: GPSY

Course Number: 6381

This seminar will explore contemporary thinking about the relationship between psychoanalysis and Buddhism, and examine various ways in which a dialogue between these two traditions can have an impact on psychoanalytic thinking and practice. The course will also examine Buddhist thinking and practice through the lens of psychoanalytic theory, and explore various ways in which Buddhism is evolving as it becomes assimilated by psychoanalytic culture. The readings are of three different types: 1) readings explicating core principles of Buddhist thinking and practice, 2) readings explicating selected principles of psychoanalytic thinking and practice (for purposes of providing a basis for comparing and contrasting psychoanalysis and Buddhism), and 3) readings focusing explicitly on the interface of psychoanalysis and Buddhism.

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