Amida Academy Courses
This highly respected and well subscribed course covers the extensive theory that lies behind the Zen Therapy approach pioneered by Dharmavidya David Brazier. The course is tutored but is largely organised around peer learning exercises. It takes place over two years, equivalent to six modules each consisting of three units.
The year one course commences in January 2014.
The course forms the theoretical component of a full training programme in counselling psychotherapy. However it can also be studied as a stand alone programme for those wishing to integrate a Buddhist approach into their work, whether this is therapeutic or some other helping profession.
There is a study break of a month after each module. Subjects covered include the history of psychology and Buddhism, the Buddhist model of the mind and Zen in a therapy context, its meaning and practice. The course costs €650 each year (€600 if paid before 1st December).
The course is available in both English and Spanish.
The Spanish version starts in the Spring of 2014 (date to be advised).
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Richard writes: "Although for the sake of convenience we tend to think of Vow 22's 'academic years' as running from January to December, in practice people can start whenever they want to. Indeed, we view flexibility as one of the course's chief strengths. So, if you'd like to deepen and broaden your knowledge and understanding of Pureland Buddhism in areas such as theology, the sutras, psychology, history, pastoral skills etc, this very reasonably priced, popular and friendly course could be just the thing for you ! If you enjoy the challenge of thinking things through in a supportive learning environment please do get in touch - we'd love to hear from you".
Details of the Vow 22 course:
The Vow 22 Programme is named after the 22nd vow of Dharmakara Bodhisattva in the Larger Pureland Sutra. This vow establishes the bodhisattva ideal within the Pureland tradition.
This programme aims to provide education in Buddhist thoughts from a Pureland Buddhist perspective. The programme is suitable for those intending to ordain, those offering lay ministry, and those seeking a systematic education in Buddhist principles. The course was created and set up by Dharmavidya David Brazier and was developed by members of the Amida Sangha.
Amida Trust Vow 22 Programme is offered from an Amida Buddhist
perspective. This is an approach to Buddhism grounded in the Pureland
tradition, especially Japanese Pureland, incorporating critical and
socially engaged perspectives. This approach is self-consciously an
evolving confession. Amida Buddha is at work. Western Buddhism is
unfolding. While we centrally draw upon the Japanese Amidist tradition,
this is a living faith that is an expression of the faith history of all
mankind. Tradition here does not simply mean the transmission of
something unchanged from the past. It means the continued life of the
spirit in the world in an ever new revelation.
Cost: £20 per module, £200 for the full course
Introduction to Pureland Buddhism
The Introduction to Pureland Buddhism course is comprised of sixteen written lessons with quiz type questions at the end of each lesson, most of which are multiple choice or requiring short answers. All the material needed to complete the course is provided. In addition there are optional discussion questions which allow an online exploration of topics raised by the material and its relevance to our day to day lives.
Pureland is the most popular form of Buddhism in the far east. We offer this course to spread interest in Pureland Buddhism.
Cost: £30/ $48/ €44
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Psychotherapy by Karma Transformation
New for 2013/2014: A course based on the book of the same name by Prof. Maurits Kwee PhD. This is an advanced course for practicing psychologists and psychotherapists. It presents an in depth exploration of a therapeutic approach derived from canonical texts, the Abhidhamma, modern psychology and social construction theory.
Prof. Kwee presents a system rooted in what he calls "Relational Buddhism", an innovative set of ideas reflecting the post-modern landscape. He argues from this position that the way of Buddhism in modern Western countries is best practised as a psychology, rather than as a religion or philosophy.
Prof. Kwee is an independent thinker and this material is being hosted by Amida Academy.
The fee for the year is €675 if paid in full at the time you join the course and in advance of the programme starting (dates to be advised). You can however pay in installments, in which case the fee is €250 per module.
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*What is Amida Academy?
Amida Academy is an on-line academic platform which has been established to deliver distance learning programmes. The ITZI English language distance learning programme in Zen Therapy & Buddhist Psychology was the first programme to go live, quickly followed by the Amida Trust ministry training programme called Vow 22. In February 2013 a Spanish language version of the Zen Therapy & Buddhist Psychology programme commenced and the Introduction to Pureland Buddhism course has moved to this platform. A new course has been added: Psychotherapy by Karma Transformation. Other programmes are in preparation.
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As far as the costs indicated above are concerned, we would like as much as possible not to inhibit anyone who is interested in joining any of these courses because of financial constraints. Do use this link to contact us if you are on a low income and we can discuss the options with you.
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