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MBS Course Outline 13-14 (Updated on December 20, 2013)

Centre of Buddhist Studies

The University of Hong Kong

Master of Buddhist Studies Course Outline 2013-2014
(Course details laid out in this course outline is only for reference. Please refer to the version provided by the teachers in class for confirmation.)

Early Buddhism: a doctrinal exposition

(Foundation Course)

Prof. Y. Karunadasa

Tel: 3917-5076

Email: ykarunadasa.karunadasa@gmail.com

Schedule: 1st Semester; Monday 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Class Venue: CPD-LG.18, LG/F, Centennial Campus
Course Description

This course will be mainly based on the early Buddhist discourses (Pali Suttas) and is designed to provide an insight into the fundamental doctrines of what is generally known as Early Buddhism. It will begin with a description of the religious and philosophical milieu in which Buddhism arose in order to show how the polarization of intellectual thought into spiritualist and materialist ideologies gave rise to Buddhism. The following themes will be an integral part of this study: analysis of the empiric individuality into khandha, ayatana, and dhatu; the three marks of sentient existence; doctrine of non-self and the problem of Over-Self; doctrine of dependent origination and its centrality to other Buddhist doctrines; diagnosis of the human condition and definition of suffering as conditioned experience; theory and practice of moral life; psychology and its relevance to Buddhism as a religion; undetermined questions and why were they left undetermined; epistemological standpoint and the Buddhist psychology of ideologies; Buddhism and the God-idea and the nature of Buddhism as a non-theistic religion; Nibbana as the Buddhist ideal of final emancipation. The course will be concluded with an inquiry into how Buddhism’s “middle position”, both in theory and praxis, determined the nature of Buddhism as a religion.

4 Essays (50%)

Written Examination (50%)

Course Outline
Lecture 1:

Emergence of Buddhism as a critical response to the mutual conflict between the spiritualist and the materialist world-views.

Lecture 2:

“Dependent Origination” as the early Buddhist doctrine of causation and how it serves as a foundation to all other Buddhist doctrines.

Lecture 3:

The Buddhist doctrine of “non-self” as a critical response to the physical and metaphysical versions of the self.

Lecture 4:

An introduction to Buddhist psychology: the stream of consciousness as against a static consciousness; psychological implications of the analysis of the individual into 5 aggregates (khandha, 12 sense-bases (ayatana), and 18 elements of cognition (dhatu).

Lecture 5:

The Buddhist diagnosis of the human condition: “suffering” as conditioned experience; rebirth without the notion of a reborn soul.

Lecture 6:

The theory of moral life: Its three basic principles: (a) recognition of moral life (kammavada), (b) recognition of the causal efficacy of moral acts (kiriyavada), and (c) recognition of the role of human effort in pursuing moral life (viriyavada).

Lecture 7:

The practice of moral life: “the noble eightfold path” as the essence of Buddhist ethics; its middle position as it keeps itself equally aloof from sensual indulgence and self-mortification.

Lecture 8:

The Buddhist view of views: the psychological diagnosis of the origin of theoretical views on the nature of the self and the world; the early Buddhist epistemological standpoint.

Lecture 9:

The ten undetermined questions: An inquiry into the pragmatic and psychological reasons for their being left undetermined.

Lecture 10:

The nature of Buddhism as a non-theistic religion: the role of the Buddha as a religious teacher: Teacher not Saviour; the role of “rational faith” (akaravati saddha) in the practice of religious life.

Lecture 11:

Nibbana (Nirvana) as the final goal of Buddhism: Should it be understood in a psychological sense or in a metaphysical sense? Implications of the definition of Nibbana as the extinction of “the three fires of greed, hatred, and delusion”.
Lecture 12:

How Buddhism’s theoretic and practical middle position has determined the nature, scope, and orientation of Buddhism: Is Early Buddhism a religion, philosophy, both, or neither?

Venerable Walpola Rahula, What the Buddha Taught (Bedford 1959)

Recommended for reference

1. Venerable Nyanaponika Thera, The Vision of Dhamma, Kandy 1994.

2. A .K. Warder, Indian Buddhism, Delhi 1980.

3. D. J. Kalupahana, History of Buddhist Philosophy: Continuities and Discontinuities, Honolulu 1996.

4. Peter Harvey, Introduction to Buddhism, Cambridge 1990.

5. Peter Harvey, An Introduction to Buddhist Ethics, Cambridge 2003.

6. W. S. Karunaratne, Buddhist Theory of Causality, Colombo 1985.

7. Rune Johansson, Dynamic Psychology of Early Buddhism, London 1985.

8. K. N. Jayatilleke, Early Buddhist Theory of Knowledge, London 1963.


Mahayana Buddhism

(Foundation Course)


Ven. Prof. K.L. Dhammajoti

Tel: 3917-5047

Email: djoti@hku.hk

Schedule: 2nd Semester; Wednesday 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Class Venue: CPD-LG.18, LG/F, Centennial Campus
Course Description
This course aims at students without previous knowledge of Mahayana Buddhism. It provides an introduction to Mahayana Buddhism in the widest sense. After a brief look at the development of Buddhism in India after the death of the Buddha, this course concentrates on the historical, philosophical and religious origins of Mahayana Buddhism in India. These include the Bodhisattva ideal; Buddhological developments; the philosophical systematizations of the Madhymaka and Yogacara schools; the reasons for the dominant position of Mahayana Buddhism in China and an investigation on the features of the newly emerged Mahayana modernism (i.e., Japanese Buddhism).

Class participation (10%)

2 short essays with 1,000-1,500 words each (40%)

Written examination (50%)

Course details and lecture materials will be provided by the teacher during the class.


Counselling and pastoral practice

Dr. S.H. Ma

Tel: 2987-2947

Email: shelenma@hku.hk

Schedule: 2nd Semester; Sunday 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. (except as stated in italics below)

Class Venue: 404 T.T.Tsui Building (except otherwise notified)
Course Description
This course aims at providing students with the basic knowledge and understanding of the application of Buddhist theory and practices to counselling and personal transformation. It covers from the Buddhist perspective the psychology of perception, emotions and thoughts; basic skills and concepts in counselling; recent development and research in psychotherapy, and insights into caring for the dying and their carers. The course comprises lectures, tutorials, experiential exercises and Buddhist practices. Students should be prepared to participate in the practices and exercises in class so as to acquire an experiential as well as intellectual understanding of the subject.
In order to ensure that each student will have ample opportunity to participate in class and receive adequate attention and guidance, the class size is limited to 30. For details of the enrollment procedures, please refer to the Important Notes for Course Selection 2013-2014 on the Centre’s web site.
Course Outline






26 Jan 2014 (Sun)

2:30pm – 5:30pm

Goals of Buddhist Psychotherapy

2 Feb 2014 (Sun)

No Class (Chinese New Year Holiday)


9 Feb 2014 (Sun)

2:30pm – 5:30pm

Models of Mind and Dependent Co-arising


16 Feb 2014 (Sun)

2:30pm – 5:30pm

Five Skandhas


23 Feb 2014 (Sun)

2:30pm – 5:30pm

Skandhas and Self


2 Mar 2014 (Sun)

2:30pm – 5:30pm



9 Mar 2014 (Sun)

2:30pm – 5:30pm

The Eightfold Path & Brahma Viharas


16 Mar 2014 (Sun)

2:30pm – 5:30pm

Care for the Dying


22 Mar 2014 (Sat)

6:30pm – 9:30pm

Care for the Bereaved

30 Mar 2014 (Sun)

No class (Reading Week1 for this course)

6 Apr 2014 (Sun)

No class (Reading Week2 for this course)

13 Apr 2014 (Sun)

No class (Writing Week1 for this course)


20 Apr 2014 (Sun)

2:30pm – 5:30pm


27 Apr 2014 (Sun)

No class (Writing Week2 for this course)

10, 11

3 May 2014 (Sat)

9:30am – 5:00pm

Workshop on Transforming Anger


4 May 2014 (Sun)

9:30am – 5:00pm


Details for the reading for each class are available on Moodle.
Class participation
Most classes consist of a lecture, experiential exercises and a tutorial. In order to acquire an experiential as well as intellectual understanding of the subject, students are encouraged to participate as fully as possible in class activities. The emphasis of class participation is not on performance, but rather on the willingness to explore, learn and contribute at a level that is appropriate for the individual as well as the class.
Attendance (10%)

As experiential exercises form an important part of the course, students are expected to attend, at a minimum, 80% of the classes, i.e. 11 of the 13 classes.

Book Review OR Reflection on Class Exercises (30%)

Each student is to submit through Moodle a book review or an essay on reflecting on the class exercises consisting of 1,500 to 2,000 words on or before 30th March, 2014.

Essay (60%)

Each student is to submit through Moodle an essay consisting of 3,000 to 4,000 words, excluding footnotes, endnotes, bibliography and appendices, on or before 18th May, 2014. The list of essay topics is available on Moodle.

Details of the marking scheme for the above assignments are available on Moodle.
Reference Books

Brach, T. (2004). Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha. New York: Bantam.

*Brazier, C. (2003). Buddhist Psychology: Liberate Your Mind, Embrace Life. London: Constable & Robinson.

Brazier, C. (2009). Other-Centred Therapy: Buddhist Psychology In Action. Winchester: O Books.

Brazier, D. (2001). Feeling Buddha: A Buddhist Psychology of Character, Adversity and Passion. London: Constable & Robinson.

De Silva, P. (2000). An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology (3rd ed.). Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.

Gunaratana, H. (2001). Eight Mindful Steps To Happiness – Walking the Buddha’s Path. Boston: Wisdom.

Ozawa de-Silva, C. (2006). Psychotherapy and Religion in Japan: The Japanese Introspection Practice of Naikan. London: Routledge.

Thich Nhat Hanh. (2001). Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames. New York: Riverhead.

*Thich Nhat Hanh. (2006). Understanding Our Mind. Berkeley: Parallax.

Thich Nhat Hanh. (2010). Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child. Berkeley: Parallax.

Ricard, M. (Translated by Browner, J). (2003). Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill. New York: Little, Brown and Company.

*Watson, G., Batchelor, S., & Claxton, G. (Ed.) (1999). The Psychology of Awakening: Buddhism, Science, and Our Day-to-Day Lives. London: Rider.

Welwood, J. (2000). Toward a Psychology of Awakening: Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and the Path of Personal and Spiritual Transformation. Boston: Shambhala.


Cayoun, B.(2011).Mindfulness-integrated CBT: Principles and Practice. West Sussex : Wiley.

Crane, R. (2009). Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy: Distinctive Features. New York: Routledge.

Didonna, F. (ed) (2009). Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness. New York: Springer.

Epstein, M. (1995). Thoughts Without A Thinker: Psychotherapy From A Buddhist Perspective. New York: Basic Books.

Germer, C.K. (2009).The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions. New York: Guilford.

Germer, C.K., Siegel, R.D. & Fulton, P.R. (Ed.) (2005). Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. New York: Guilford.

Hick, S.F., Bien, T. (ed) (2008). Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship. New York: Guilford.

*Kabat-Zinn, J. (1990). Full Catastrophe Living: The Program of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. New York: Dell Publishing.

Kramer, G. (2007). Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom. Boston: Shambhala.

Mace, C. (2007). Mindfulness and Mental Health: Therapy, Theory and Science. London: Routledge.

*Segal, Z.V., Williams, J. M.G., & Teasdale, J. D. (2002). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression - a New Approach to Preventing Relapse. New York: Guilford.

Shapiro, S.L. and Carlson, L.E. (2009). The Art and Science of Mindfulness: Integrating Mindfulness into Psychology and the Helping Professions. American Psychological Association.

Williams, M., Teasdale, J., Segal, Z., Kabat-Zinn, J. (2007). The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself with Chronic Unhappiness (with Audio CD). New York: Guilford.

Wilson, K.G. (2009). Mindfulness for Two: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Approach to Mindfulness in Psychotherapy. Oakland: New Harbinger.

Pastoral Care

Dalai Lama. (2002). (Translated & edited by Hopkins, J.). Advice on Dying and Living a Better Life. London: Rider.

Halifax, J. (2008). Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death. Boston: Shambhala.

Levine, S. (1982). Who Dies? An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying. New York: Doubleday.

*Levine, S. (1984). Meetings at the Edge: Dialogues with the Grieving and the Dying, the Healing and the Healed. New York: Anchor.

*Sogyal Rinpoche. (1993). The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco.

Thich Nhat Hanh. (2003). No Death No Fear. New York: Riverhead.

Watts, J., Tomatsu, Y. (Ed.) (2012). Buddhist Care for the Dying and Bereaved. Somerville: Wisdom.

*Highly Recommended


Buddhist mediation


Tel: 3917-5019

Email: helenayuen@gmail.com

Schedule: 1st Semester; Thursday 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Class Venue: Rm 207, Run Run Shaw Bldg
Course Description

By integrating the techniques of Solution-focused brief therapy and the mediation process with Buddhist theories and practices, the course will teach a model of conflict resolution which reflects the Mahayana ideal of the practice of the Way of Bodhichitta of benefiting oneself and others in being able to resolve conflicts for oneself and for others and learn about the process of change and transformation through applications of the model. Students will acquire basic knowledge of theories and practices of Buddhism and mediation in an integral approach and apply the appropriate skills to be their own mediator and to mediate other people’s dispute in their peer group or community. The model of teaching will be by lecture, demonstration by videotapes or role-plays, role-play exercises in small groups and self-reflective learning.

Examination and Requirements
The mode of assessment will be 50% written assignments (3000 – 4000 words) and 50 % continuous assessment. Students are expected to attend at least 80% of the lectures and seminars and tutorials which will be combined over the 12 sessions of 3 hours each.

Special Class Schedule




September 5, 2013 (Thur)


Rm 207, Run Run Shaw Building, Main Campus

September 12, 2013 (Thur)


September 19, 2013 (Thur)


September 26, 2013 (Thur)


October 3, 2013 (Thur)


October 10, 2013 Thur)


November 24. 2013 (Sun)


To be confirmed

December 1, 2013 (Sun)


To be confirmed

Course Outline
1. Introduction to Mediation and Solution Focused Brief Therapy – Theory and practice in relation to Buddhist theory on dependent- arising or dependent origination (paticcasamuppada: “arising on the ground of a preceding cause”)
2. The nature and sources of conflict and ways to deal with conflict applying the Buddhist theory on Cause, Conditions and Effect

  1. Principles of Negotiation and 3 levels of conflict resolution : Power, Rights and Interest and Karma

  1. Process of Mediation and its power of transformation applying the Buddhist theory of the twelve links of dependent-arising as a process of affliction and purification

  1. Communication Skills in mediation and the theory of the five Aggregates and Self vs. No Self

  1. How to Be Your Own Mediator and The Four Noble Truths: Suffering, Attachment, Cessation of suffering, Path to Liberation.

  1. Mediation Techniques and the Buddhist Practice on Body, Mind and Heart : The Four Ways to practice Mindfulness

  1. Advance Mediation Techniques and the Buddhist practice of Way of Bodhichitta: Benefiting Self and Others

9. Ethics and Qualities of Mediator applying the Buddhist practice of the Eightfold Paths: Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right Concentration, Right Thought & Understanding.

Recommended Textbook

McConnell J. A. (1995) Mindful Mediation – A Hand Book For Buddhist Peacemakers, Buddhist Cultural Centre, Sri Lanka.

Boisvert,M. (1995).The Five Aggregates: Understanding Theravada Psychology and Soteriology. Satguru Publications, Delhi.
Peter D. & Berg K. I. (1998) Interviewing for Solutions Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, Pacific Grove, CA
Goleman, D. (1997). Healing Emotions. Shambhala Publications : Boston.
Khyentse, D. (1992). Enlighted Courage. Shechen Publications: Delhi
M Anstey, Negotiating Conflict: Insights and Skills for Negotiators and Peacemakers, Juta & Co, Kenwyn, South Africa, 1991
L. Boulle, Mediation: Principles Process Practice, Butterworths, Sydney, 1996
R. Bush & J. Folger The Promise of Mediation, Jossey-Bass Inc, Calif, 1994

R Fisher, W Ury and B Patton, Getting to Yes: Negotiating an Agreement without Giving in, Hutchison, Boston, 1992

C Moore, The Mediation Process: Practical Strategies for Resolving Conflict, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 1986
W Ury, Getting past No: Negotiating with difficult people, Business Books Limited, London, 1991
M. T. Narada, A Manual of Abhidhamma, Buddhist Missionary Society, Malaysia, 1979

E. R. Sarachchandra, Buddhist Psychology of Perception, Buddhist Cultural Centre, Sri Lanka, 1994

Tenzin Gyatso, the Dalai Lama (translated and edited by Jeffrey Hopkins) The Meaning of Life from a Buddhist Perspective, Wisdom Publication, Boston, 1993
D. Stone, B. Patton, S. Heen Difficult Conversations Penguin Books, England, 2000
Chogyam Trungpa The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Shambhala, S Asia Edition, 1999
Kalu Rinpoche, The Dharma State University of New York Press, Albany, 1986
P. Fenner, Reasoning into Reality Wisdom Publication, Boston, 1995
G. Laborde Influencing with Integrity Syntony Publishing, Calif, 1994
T. Crum The Magic of Conflict Simon & Schuster, USA, 1987
Egan, G. The Skilled Helper: A Problem- Management and Opportunity-Development Approach to Helping. Wadsworth Group. Brooks/cole. 2002

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