BP311 - Psychology of the Adhidhamma

The purpose of this study is to examine how the psychological concepts and categories of Early Buddhism came to be interpreted in the schools of Abhidharma. The main topics will include definition and classification of consciousness, mind-matter relationship, theories of cognition and subliminal consciousness, jhanic experience and higher reaches of mind. The course will conclude with the Sautrāntikas' critique of Abhidharma categories and their contribution to Buddhist psychological analysis.