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Summer 2021
May 06,2021
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PSYC 420 - CONTEMPLATIVE PSYCHOLOGY
This capstone seminar will examine the psychology of mindfulness meditation practice from the perspectives of: (1) The traditional systems of contemplative practices (Samkaya-yoga, Theravada, Vajrayana, and Mahayana Buddhism. Lectio divina, kabbala); (2) Contemorary phenomenological psychology; (3) Social neuropsychology and social/developmental psychology (including cultural psychology); (4) Contemplative psychotherapy; and (5) Empathy training. In addition to readings and discussions, the seminar will require experiential training in relevant contemplative practices (e.g., breath-focused mindful attention, yoga practices, mindful listening, reflective group activities, and reflective journaling). Furthermore, students will conduct a descriptive phenomenological research project on some aspect of contemplative practice. The organizing questions of the seminar will be: How have the historical contemplative traditions replied to the perennial psychological concerns with (1) how to live a meaningful and wholesome life? (2) how to cope with suffering and trauma? and (3) how to enhance our powers of empathy and generosity with other people.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
WRITING INTENSIVE

Prerequisites:
FOR PSYC 420

General Requirements:
Course or Test: CRWT 102
Minimum Grade of D
May not be taken concurrently. )


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