Buddhist Mindfulness Approaches to Mental Health

College Emmanuel College
Course Code EMP2010HS
Semester Second Semester
Section 0101
Online No
Credits One Credit
Location Toronto (St George Campus)

Current Buddhist views of mental health incorporate the Dharma and Western psychological approaches to mental health that include a broad range of behavioural, cognitive, and experiential approaches. Key features of approaches using mindfulness are the cultivation of a fluid sense of self, emotion regulation and the modulation of the causes of stress. These parallel the Buddhist concepts of non-self, skillful or appropriate responses, and the understanding of the causes of suffering. This understanding of mental health has shifted concepts of mental illness with promises of success and cautionary tales of risk. Buddhist and Western psychological perspectives of mental health share a commonality of being culturally influenced. To understand the impact and implications of the Buddhist view of mental health, the root Buddhist teachings need to be understood in their cultural context. Because we are embedded in a culture vastly different from the Buddha's time, the exploration must include our perspectives of mental health and how our own views are socio-cultural constructions. From this platform, we can examine how Buddhist teachings and their integration with Western models seek to sustain mental health. Secularized adaptations of the Dharma for psychological treatment will be examined with consideration of risks of appropriation, dilution, and distortion as well as potential negative effects of mindfulness-based therapies.

Department Pastoral Theology
Pre-Requisites Basic Concepts of Buddhism
Schedule Sat
Start & End Date Jan 23, 2014 - Apr 23, 2001
Start Time 9:30
End Time 17:00
Hours Per Week Intensive
Minimum Enrolment 10
Maximum Enrolment 20
Program Requirement CRPO Competencies -
1.4c; 1.4d; 1.5a; 1.5c; 1.5e; 2.1 a, b, c, d, e, f, g; 2.2a, b; 2.3b; 3.4.a
Additional Notes

Additional Evaluation: weekly reflection papers will be shared with the class as well as handed in. This course was previously taught under the title "Buddhist Perspectives on Mental Illness"

Schedule Notes

<p>Full attendance is mandatory.</p>

Teaching Method
Means of Evaluation
Class Participation
Research Paper
Short Paper
Previously Offered Fall 2019
Currently Offered Winter 2023