What Is and What Is Not Buddhist Psychology?
How to Navigate Between the Two
This course will discuss the nuanced relationship between Buddhism and Psychology. Each discipline is distinct but they do complement one another. However, in the West, Buddhism is often described as a form of psychology. The Buddha has even been referred to as the world's first psychologist. Will shall see how understanding the differences between the two actually enriches our appreciation of each tradition. It is important that we do not confuse or replace one with the other. This lecture gives us both the necessary background and tools to avoid doing so.
Guest lecturer Rev. Dr. Carmela Javellana Hirano, who grew up in the Philippines is an integrative psychiatrist, founder of Sanctuary for Healing and Integration (SHIN), and minister's assistant at the Salt Lake City Buddhist Temple. She connected with Reverend Jerry Hirano, the minister of the Salt Lake Buddhist Temple, through a personal ad. They married, and she became his assistant. Doctor Hirano then studied to become a minister herself through the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, California. She traveled to Kyoto, Japan for Tokudo, or the ordination ceremony, and is a fully-qualified priest in the Jodo Shinshu tradition. Doctor Hirano's interests lie in the need for a strong spiritual dimension inspired by the dharma in her work, for herself, her patients and for the community at large.