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BA (Honours) in Buddhist Psychology and Counselling (BPCO) – from 2018

Introduction to the degree programme

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind, its process and behaviour. Modern Western Psychology has a history of not more than 150 years. Buddhism contains a scientific profile and a deeper analysis of the mind, and it is impossible to think that there is another Psychology beyond the purview of Buddhism. Lord Buddha, twenty-five centuries ago, had done the most scientific reviews about the mind. Accordingly, the present Degree programme was developed, on the basis of Buddhist philosophy.

The present society moves towards a social atmosphere replete with complicated psychological and spiritual issues. Western Psychology and Counselling that developed over 150 years has struggled to provide accurate and practical solutions to these problems faced by human beings. However, it has often been incapable to give clear and fruitful answers. In such a context, it is observed that the most suitable Philosophy and Psychology that could solve these mental, social and behavioural problems, lie in the Buddhist approach. Therefore, this Bachelor’s Degree programme was developed, with the intention of exploring new domains of the academic world through further studies and scientific researches.  

From ancient times, the main role of Buddhist monks and temples was to show the path of liberation to the individuals. Another element of this endeavour was the intervention of monks in solving human mental problems. The history of this intervention traces back to a long period and the counselling services provided by temple can hardly be compared to the modern western psychological counselling. It is because this process was conducted through advisory procedures and preaching dhamma, through the discourses of the Buddha. It is, therefore, more effective to intervene mental and social problems of individuals by addressing them on a psychological foundation. Hence, this Degree programme expects to create a monk gifted with theoretical and practical knowledge in Buddhist Psychology and Counselling. Accordingly, the programme contains Buddhist Psychological and Counselling theories and concepts essential to create a full professional.

Psychological counselling had increasingly become a necessity for every individual and institution in every society at present. There is a high demand for Counselling service in education institutes including schools, pirivenas and even universities. Therefore, producing a qualified professional set of counsellors with required skills is expected through this degree programme. Further, this can be considered a highly practical method and opportunity to spread Buddhist Psychological Counselling into the local as well as international scholarly world.

A fundamental objective of the Bhiksu University of Sri Lanka is to promote and make the Theravada Buddhism prevalent in the world. This degree programme paves the way for fulfilling this purpose because it is easy to provide Buddhist theories with a psychological basis to the world at large.

Course Code

Course

Semester  I

Semester  II

Compulsory/ Optional

General degree

  

BPCO: 11013

Approach to Buddhist Psychology

1

 

C

BPCO: 12023

Approach to Buddhist Counselling

 

II

C

Course Code

Course

Semester  I

Semester  II

Compulsory/ Optional

General degree

BPCO: 21013

Buddhist Psychoanalysis

1

 

C

G

BPCO: 21023

Fundamental Buddhist teachings for Counselling

1

 

C

 

BPCO: 21033

Historical Foundation of Psychology

1

 

C

 

BPCO: 21043

Development of Soft Skills in Buddhist Psychology

1

 

O

 

BPCO: 21053

Buddhist Social Psychology

1

 

O

G

BPCO: 22063

Study of sources in Buddhist psychology

 

II

C

G

BPCO: 22073

Buddhist Discipline and Behavior Development

 

II

C

 

BPCO: 22083

Buddhist Psychology of Cognition

 

II

C

 

BPCO: 22093

Buddhist Culture Psychology

 

II

O

 

BPCO: 22103

Buddhist Psychology of Human Development

 

II

O

G

Course Code

Course

Semester  I

Semester  II

Compulsory/ Optional

General degree

BPCO: 31013

Psychological disorders and Buddhist analysis

1

 

C

G

BPCO: 31023

Western Counselling Theories and Techniques

1

 

C

 

BPCO: 31033

Buddhist Psychology of Personality

1

 

C

 

BPCO: 31043

Gerontology in Buddhist Psychology and Counselling

1

 

O

 

BPCO: 31053

Buddhist Psychology of Grief and Counselling

1

 

O

G

BPCO: 32063

Research Methodology

 

II

C

 

BPCO: 32073

Buddhist Counselling Skills

 

II

C

G

BPCO: 32083

Buddhist Psychotherapeutic Techniques I

 

II

C

 

BPCO: 32093

Buddhist Analysis of Parapsychology

 

II

O

 

BPCO: 32103

Emotions and Motivation in Buddhist Psychology

 

II

O

G

Course Code

Course

Semester  I

Semester  II

Compulsory/ Optional

General degree

BPCO: 41013

Buddhist Psychotherapeutic Techniques II

1

 

C

 

BPCO: 41023

Applied Buddhist Psychology

1

 

C

 

BPCO: 41033

Rehabilitation Counselling 

1

 

C

 

BPCO: 41043

Practicum

1

 

C

 

BPCO: 41053

Independent Dissertation I

1

 

C

 

BPCO: 42063

Educational Guidance and Buddhist Counselling

 

II

C

 

BPCO: 42073

Buddhist Analysis of Modern Trends in Psychology

 

II

C

 

BPCO: 42083

Meditation and Psychotherapy

 

II

C

 

BPCO: 42093

Internship

 

II

C

 

BPCO: 42103

Independent Dissertation II       

 

II

C

 

0