Understanding Mind/Emotion in Eastern Psychology

Summer 2014 quarter (Session I)

Taught by

Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies, East-West psychology, philosophy of consciousness

  In recent decades, a growing body of Western research has examined the nature and function of mind and emotions through the perspectives of Buddhist psychology and philosophy. Advanced Buddhist studies emphasize deep understanding of mind/consciousness, particularly the functions of various mental factors and their influence on our capacity to differentiate appearance versus reality, as well as constructive versus destructive emotions.  Students will explore Buddhist psychological, epistemological and transcendental models of mind/emotions through the systematic cultivation of refined attention and mindfulnes/introspection, analytical observation, dvds, readings, and direct experience.  A one-day retreat will provide an opportunity to personally apply classroom learning. After broadly examining Eastern theories of mind/emotion, students will choose one emotion or state of mind to study in depth and develop a well-researched model, suitable for clinical use or personal-growth, that either cultivates or transforms the chosen state of mind/emotion. 

Program Details

Fields of Study

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day and Weekend

Advertised schedule: Wed & Sat, 9a-4:30p (first summer session) The first class meets Wednesday, June 25


Buy books for this program through Greener Bookstore.

Online Learning

No Required Online Learning: No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional for students.

Registration Information

Credits: 8 (Summer)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 24


Course Reference Number

First Session (8 credits): 40134

Go to my.evergreen.edu to register for this program.

Need Help Finding the Right Program?

Contact Academic Advising for help in answering your questions, planning your future and solving problems.