5. Buddhist Psychology

Buddhism is, to a large extent, a psychology. Traditional Buddhist thought draws a map of the mind that includes normative human mental states, but goes beyond this to describe exalted states of spiritual awakening. The psychological detail in the earliest suttas was systematized in the later abhidharma texts, masterful (if often overly ponderous and technical) Buddhist scholastic manuals. Whereas Western psychology, up until recently, was exclusively concerned with pathology (mental illness, its symptoms, causes, and cures), Buddhist psychology always assumed that the typical human being operates at a psychological deficit, but that complete mental health to the point of transcendent human happiness, based on ultimate human potential, was possible, and was the goal of the spiritual path.

Books

 
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Abhidhamma Studies
Detailed and technical but lucid and reliable. For those who want to delve into abhidharma.
Ven Nyanaponika Thera
Mar 25, 1998
Buddhist Thought in India
Conze was a great scholar. His translations, especially of the Prajna literature (see Topic 9, Emptiness Teachings),...
Edward Conze
Oct 01, 1967
Meditation on Emptiness
Very tough going. But some of Norman’s talks are based on a short technical section that is included. Probably a te...
Jeffrey Hopkins
Mar 25, 1996
Transformation at the Base: Fifty Verses on the Nature of Consciousness
A readable version by Nhat Hanh of the complicated Buddhist teachings on “Mind Only” philosophy, the nature of mi...
Thich Nhat Hanh
Jun 02, 2001

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Transformation at the Base (Talk 4 of 8)
Zoketsu comments on Thich Nhat Hanh's Transformation at the Base: Fifty Verses on the Nature of Consciousness. - a re...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 31, 2003
Transformation at the Base (Talk 1 of 8)
Zoketsu comments on Thich Nhat Hanh's Transformation at the Base: Fifty Verses on the Nature of Consciousness. - a re...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 31, 2003
Transformation at the Base (Talk 2 of 8)
Zoketsu comments on Thich Nhat Hanh's Transformation at the Base: Fifty Verses on the Nature of Consciousness. - a re...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 31, 2003
Transformation at the Base (Talk 3 of 8)
Zoketsu comments on Thich Nhat Hanh's Transformation at the Base: Fifty Verses on the Nature of Consciousness. - a re...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 31, 2003
Transformation at the Base (Talk 5 of 8)
Zoketsu comments on Thich Nhat Hanh's Transformation at the Base: Fifty Verses on the Nature of Consciousness. - a re...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 31, 2003
Transformation at the Base (Talk 6 of 8)
Zoketsu comments on Thich Nhat Hanh's Transformation at the Base: Fifty Verses on the Nature of Consciousness. - a re...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 31, 2003
Transformation at the Base (Talk 7 of 8)
Zoketsu comments on Thich Nhat Hanh's Transformation at the Base: Fifty Verses on the Nature of Consciousness. - a re...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 31, 2003
Transformation at the Base (Talk 8 of 8)
Zoketsu comments on Thich Nhat Hanh's Transformation at the Base: Fifty Verses on the Nature of Consciousness. - a re...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 31, 2003
Map of the Mind (Talk 1 of 4)
Zoketsu talks the mind and emotions from the point of view of Buddhist psychology, as it is formulated in the Abhidh...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jun 08, 2004
Map of the Mind (Talk 2 of 4)
Zoketsu talks the mind and emotions from the point of view of Buddhist psychology, as it is formulated in the Abhidh...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jun 09, 2004
Map of the Mind (Talk 3 of 4)
Zoketsu talks the mind and emotions from the point of view of Buddhist psychology, as it is formulated in the Abhidh...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jun 10, 2004
Map of the Mind (Talk 4 of 4)
Zoketsu talks the mind and emotions from the point of view of Buddhist psychology, as it is formulated in the Abhidh...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jun 11, 2004
Abhidharma - 5 Skandas (Talk 1 of 3)
First in a Study of the Five Skandas - Form, Feeling, Perception, Volition, Consciousness -using Chogyam Trungpa's bo...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Apr 12, 2005
Abhidharma - 5 Skandas (Talk 2 of 3)
Second in a Study of the Five Skandas - Form, Feeling, Perception, Volition, Consciousness -using Chogyam Trungpa's b...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Apr 13, 2005
Abhidharma - 5 Skandas (Talk 3 of 3)
Third in a Study of the Five Skandas - Form, Feeling, Perception, Volition, Consciousness -using Chogyam Trungpa's bo...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Apr 20, 2005

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Map of the Mind (Talk 1 of 4)
Zoketsu talks the mind and emotions from the point of view of Buddhist psychology, as it is formulated in the Abhidh...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jun 08, 2004
Map of the Mind (Talk 2 of 4)
Zoketsu talks the mind and emotions from the point of view of Buddhist psychology, as it is formulated in the Abhidh...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jun 09, 2004
Map of the Mind (Talk 3 of 4)
Zoketsu talks the mind and emotions from the point of view of Buddhist psychology, as it is formulated in the Abhidh...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jun 10, 2004
Map of the Mind (Talk 4 of 4)
Zoketsu talks the mind and emotions from the point of view of Buddhist psychology, as it is formulated in the Abhidh...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jun 11, 2004