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Buddhist Psychotherapy
2nd International Association of Buddhist Universities Conference: Buddhist Philosophy & Praxis
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Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation Practies

Unifying Buddhist Philosophical Views

Teaching Dhamma in New Land

Buddhist Psychotherapy

Buddhist Texts and Commentaries in Traditional and Contemporary Context
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Buddhist Psychotherapy
01 June 2012 - 2nd Day: Full Day Academic Session

Papers were to focus on any of the following thematic sections: (1) Buddhism & therapeutic traditions: e.g. Cognitive and Behavior therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, existential therapy, emotion-focused therapy; (2) application of Buddhist therapeutic resources to issues in mental health: e.g. suicide, addictions, depression, grief counseling, death & dying, traumas and counseling for environmental disasters; (3) application & development of Buddhist positive Psychology for developing positive qualities: e.g. working with families, couple relations, Buddhist social work, emotional intelligence in professions; and (4) Buddhist world view & philosophy & its implications for therapy; studies collecting resources in the suttas for issues in counseling. Buddhist Psychotherapy has become a hot topic during this contemporary time. Several conferences have sprouted since we announced our themes for this conference this year, most recently by the American Academy of Religion; moreover, with the postponement of our conference and the subsequent news announcement of the date-change, news of Buddhist Psychotherapy became more widespread, and it is likely that others have heard of our possible trailblazing activities, since the announcement was first spread on the web list-server, H-Buddhism. With many of our scholars discussing themes on Facebook and other social media platforms, someone was bound to stand upon our ideas, and generate their own. We increasingly witness that we cannot adequately cope with the changing social-environment, and from our failures at adaptation, we begin to have mental problems, stemming from our mismanagement of circumstances. We hope that these papers dearly address the dilemmas.


Panel Leader:
Dr. Padmasiri de Silva and faculty-members from Naropa University


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Ankaching Marma

Name : Ankaching Marma

Email Address : anka_ching@yahoo.com

Current Position : Student

Education : B.A. in Buddhist studies

Ankaching Marma
Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University
Title: Counseling and Its Importance: A Buddhist Perspective

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Dr. Sarath Chandrasekara

Name : Dr.Sarath Chandrasekara

Email Address : appliedbp@gmail.com

Current Position :
1. Head, Department of Buddhist Studies, Srilanka international Buddhist Academy. Affiliated to the MCU Thailand.
2. Visiting Lecturer in Buddhist Counseling Psychology, at University of Peradeniya and University of Kelaniya Sri lanka.
3. Director-Buddhist Counseling Psychology, Sri Sambuddhatwajayanti Mandiraya.
4. Member American Psychological Association

Education: B.A./B.A.(H)Psychology, M.A./M.S. Counseling & Psychotherapy/Ph.D.
Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Counseling, Diploma in Career Guidance
Diploma in Hindi, Korean, Russian and French.

Buddhist Projects/Experiences:
  Published a Books on Applied Buddhist Psychology
  As a Psychotherapist at Sri Sambuddhatwa Jayanti Mandiraya.
  Working as Buddhist Counseling Psychologist at clinic in Colombo. Sri Lanka.
  Weekly writing to the Women news paper about Family Counseling,
  Asapuwa, (Counseling Programme) Radio Programme in FM Derana Sri Lanka.

Dr. Sarath Chandrasekara
Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy
Title: Buddhist Pre Marriage Counseling

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Dr. Petcharat Lovichakorntikul

Name : Ms. Petcharat Lovichakorntikul

Email Address : lovicha@yahoo.com

Current Position : Teacher at the Triambuddhasart School (a school for novice monks)

Education : Currently, a ph.d. candidate at Shinawatra International University, Bangkok, Thailand

Buddhist Projects/Experiences :
1. A committee of Buddhist club at Chulalongkorn University (for 4 years) which functioned the mass ordination programs for young students, college students, and laypeople; the annual dhamma quiz "The Path of Progress" for kindergarten students to graduate students as well as the teachers and laypeople; and also Buddhist activities for colleges, universities, and society.

2. A full time staff member at the Dhammakayaka International Meditation Center in Azusa city, California, USA (for 8 years) which worked for spreading the Buddha's teachings and meditation technique including in charge of the Buddhist Sunday school for children at the age of 3-25 years old.

Dr. Petcharat Lovichakorntikul
School of Management, Shinawatra International University
Title: Buddhist Social Work: A Case Study Of The Samrong General Hospital

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A.P. Gunathilake

Name : Asitha Peiris Goonathilake

Email Address : asithagunathilake2012@gmail.com

Current Position : Chief Jailor in prison department of Srilanka

Education :
Diploma in Criminology university of sri jayawardenapura sri lanka
G.C.E. Advance Level Exam

Buddhist Projects/Experiences :
I Arrange the prisoners Rehabilitation and Reconciliation pragramme amidst buddist meditation scheduling for whelping prisoners
Due to buddisum religious ceremony (wesak/poson and poyadays) in addition buddist celebration ceremony I organizing and arrange the resident for participation enrolment for same
Its proud to proclaim I the eminent member of (sri dalada maligawa kandy sri lanka) annual perahera an organizing committee

A.P. Gunathilake
Title: Role of religion in the rehabilitation of offenders

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Prof. Sumanapala Galmangoda

Name : G. D. Sumanapala

Email Address : galman@sltnet.lk

Current Position : Senior Professor, Director, Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Education : BA (Hons.), MA, PhD., Royal Pandit

Buddhist Projects/Experiences :
3 Year Experience of conducting Buddhist Ayurvedic Counseling programme in Sri Lanka with the assistance of World Health Organization South East Asia Centre, 25 years experience of teaching Pali, Sanskrit, Buddhist Philosophy, Buddhist Culture, Buddhist Psychology in University level, 20 years experience as a supervisor in Buddhist studies leading to the degrees MA, MPhil and PhD, 3 year experience as the Head of the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya, 1 year experience as an acting director of the Ayurvedic Institute of the University of Kelaniya, 5 year experience as the director of the postgraduate institute of Pali and Buddhist studies, University of Kelaniya.

Prof. Sumanapala Galmangoda
Director, Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies University of Kelaniya
Title: An Analytical and Creative Study of the Buddhist Theory and Practice of Psycho-therapy

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R. M. Rathnasiri

Name: R.M. Rathnasiri

Email Address: rathnasiri92@hotmail.com / rathnasiri1966@gmail.com

Current Position: Lecturer - Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka

Education: Dip/ Higher Dip in English (Colombo University) / BA English & Buddhist Studies (Buddhist & Pali University/ MA/M. Phil (can) Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya

Buddhist Projects/Experiences:
1. Teaching Buddhist Literature at Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka
2. Teaching English through Buddhism at Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya
3. Training Buddhist monks to preach Dhamma in English
4. Writing Articles on Buddhism for Academic Journals
5. Making presentations on Buddhist teachings at National and International Conferences
6. Conducting English Teaching Programmes and Workshops for English Teachers at Pirivena Institutes in Sri Lanka
7. Conducting Dhamma discussions with the students at Sunday Dhamma Schools in Sri Lanka
8. Guidance to university lecturers of Buddhist Studies to improve English

R. M. Rathnasiri
Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka
Title: Cognitive, Behavioral and Psychotherapeutic Aspects as Reflected in Insight Meditation and Methods of Insight

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Dr. Wasantha Priyadarshana

Name: P.R. Wasantha Priyadarshana

Email Address: drwasantha74@gmail.com

Current Position:
Senior Lecturer, Head of the Department of Buddhist Culture
Post Graduate Institute of Pali & Buddhist Studies, University of kelaniya, Professional Counselor

Education: B.A (Hons.)/M.A (Buddhist Studies) /M. Phil. /Dip (Yoga)
Post Graduate Diploma in Career and Educational Counseling (Colombo)/Ph. D

Buddhist Projects/Experiences:
1. Teaching Buddhist Psychotherapy at PGIPBS, University of Kelaniya
2. Conducting programmes related to Buddhist Psychotherapy in rural areas
3. Buddhist Psychotherapeutic Programmes at Schools and Sunday Schools
4. Conducting lectures on subjects related to Buddhist Psychotherapy at other universities in Sri Lanka
5. Making presentations on Buddhist teachings at National and International Conferences
6. Counseling and Counseling programmes at Technical Colleges
7. Dhamma Discussions on National TV Channels and over Radio Programmes
8. Student Counseling through Buddhist Psychotherapy

Dr. Wasantha Priyadarshana
Postgraduate Institute of Päli & Buddhist Studies University of Kelaniya
Title: Psychotherapeutic Value of Visuddhimaga for the Enhancement of Modern Psychotherapy (A Theravãda based Approach)

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Khann Sareth

Name : Khann Sareth

Email Address : khann.sareth@rupp.edu.kh

Current Position : Lecturer of Psychology Department at Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Education :
 Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1998
 Master of Management Development in 2007
 Master of Arts in Clinical and Counseling Psychology in 2010

Buddhist Projects/Experiences:
  2012 : taught Buddhist psychology and mental health to master students
 2011: the Department of Psychology at the RUPP and TPO jointed a project exploring the links between Buddhism and Psychology/ Counseling
 1999 now: have taught Buddhist psychology to undergraduate students

Khann Sareth
Title: Exploring the Utilization of Buddhist Practices in Counseling for Two Different Groups of Service Providers (Monks and Psychologists) in Cambodia

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Dr. Upul Priyankara Lekamge

Name: Upul Priyankara Lekamge

Email Address: upul1964@gmail.com

Current Position: Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Education:
BA [Hons.], MSSc in Sociology, MA in Linguistics, MA in International Relations

Buddhist Projects/Experiences:

No exact experiences in Projects on Buddhist studies.

The author earned BA [Hons.] from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and perused his postgraduate studies in Education, Teaching English as a Second Language [TESL], Sociology, Linguistics and International Relations in the Universities of Kelaniya, Colombo and Sri Jayewardenepura. He has been teaching over twenty five years at the Senior Secondary and Tertiary levels at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Sri Lanka handling English Literature, English Language, Psychology and Sociology.

Presently he serves as a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Institute of Colombo, Sri Lanka, handling the University of London International Programme courses Principles of Sociology, Introduction to International Development and Development Management. His main interests are Culture, Globalisation, Literature, Identity, Movies and Diaspora.

Dr. Upul Priyankara Lekamge
Royal Institute of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Title: Countering Old Age Loneliness at the Electronic Temple through Dhamma Counseling

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Venerable Kirimetiyawe Dhammasiri Thera

Name: Ven. Kirimetiyawe Dhammasiri
Email Address: kdhammasiri@yahoo.com


Current Position: Lecturer, Department of Buddhist Studies, Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.
Education: B/A Special in Buddhist Studies, University of Peradeniya, MPhil Researcher

Buddhist Projects/Experiences: Two Years in Dhamma missionary activities in Malaysia and Singapore.

Venerable Kirimetiyawe Dhammasiri Thera
Buddhasravaka Bhikshu University
Title: Buddhist Psychotherapeutic Technique and Its Utility for Liberation

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Ashin Sumanacara

Educational Background
B.Com., National University, Bangladesh
Diploma in Counselling, Sri Lanka Foundation Insititute, Sri Lanka
Diploma and B.A. in Buddhist Studies, International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University (ITBMU), Myanmar
M.A. in Buddhist Studies (Gold Medal), University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Ashin Sumanacara
Mahidol University, Thailand
Title: A Psychological Analysis of Physical and Mental Pain in Buddhism

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Nguyen My Linh

To be annnounce

Nguyen My Linh
Title: Zen & Science

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Dr. Michael A. Franklin

Name : Dr. Michael A. Franklin

Email Address :
Naropa University; 2130 Arapahoe Avenue; Boulder CO 80302 USA

Current Position :
Coordinator: Graduate Art Therapy Program, Transpersonal Counseling Psychology Department

Education :
Ph.D. in Expressive Therapies, Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2010
M.A., The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., l98l. Major: Art Therapy
B.A., University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, l978. Major: Studio Art, Art Education, minor: Psychology

Buddhist Projects/Exper
iences :

*Professor, Naropa University *Founder and coordinator, The Naropa Community Art Studio
*Current research as an artist and writer focuses on integrating the relationships between art therapy, social engagement, yoga philosophy, and meditation.
*Staff member of the "Shree Muktananda Mobile Hospital Bus," Ganeshpuri India, Prasad Project Charty.
Traveled daily with a team of international health care workers to remote villages in rural Maharastra India.
*Participated in several eye surgery camps in Ganeshpuri India, Prasad Project Charity.
*International workshop leader blending contemplative practices with art practices.

Dr. Michael A. Franklin
Title: Karuna - Ahimsa - and Relational Aesthetics: Empathic Art Interventions for Contemplative Approaches to Psychotherapy

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Ven. Bhikkhu Nandisena

Current Position : Abbot Dhamma Vihara, Mexico

Spiritual Director and Religious Minister of Buddhismo Theravada México AR

Buddhist Projects/Experiences :

Venerable Bhikkhu Nandisena (Angel Oscar Valentinuzzi) is a Theravada Buddhist monk born in Argentina. He is the abbot of the monastery Dhamma Vihara (Mexico), spiritual director and religious minister of Buddhismo Theravada México A.R. He was ordained at Taungpulu Kaba Aye Monastery, Boulder Creek, California, in 1991. He studied Pali Language, Pali Canon (Tipitaka), Abhidhamma and meditation with the late Venerable U Silananda, a renowned master of the Burmese tradition. He is the translator into Spanish of the Abhidhammattha Sangaha of Anuruddha, published by El Colegio de México in 1999, and of The Dhammapada, which includes a Spanish translation of the Commentary of the verses by Buddhaghosa, published by Dhammodaya Ediciones in 2008. He has given lectures, classes, courses, and retreats in the USA, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Spain, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand, and, since 2005, teaches on-line courses of Theravada Buddhism in Spanish through the Internet. In 2006 he was appointed representative of Mexico at the World Buddhist Supreme Conference, Kobe, Japan.

Ven. Bhikkhu Nandisena
Title: Mental Illness according to Theravada Buddhism: Towards a Theory of Mental Illness Based upon the Buddha' s Teachings

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Heather Marriott

Name : Heather Marriott

Email Address : hmarriott@bigpond.com

Current Position : Psychologist

Education : BBsc(Hons)

Buddhist Projects/Experiences :

Heather Marriott has been practicing psychology for 24 years and has worked as a psychologist for some of the largest counselling agencies in Melbourne and is now in private practice. Heather has been a Vajrayana student for 18 years and studies under the guidance of the Venerable Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche. She has undertaken upwards of 30 retreats in Australia and overseas and brings her understanding of Buddhist views of psychology and well-being, as well as her own meditation experience into her work with clients. She regularly presents at the Buddhist Summer School and the Buddhism and Psychotherapy Conference hosted by the Kagyu Evam Buddhist Institute.

Heather Marriott
Title: Cultivating Wisdom And Compassion In Relationships: Implications For Couple Therapy

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Dr. Dion Peoples

Name: Dr. Dion Peoples

Email Address: dion2545@hotmail.com

Current Position:
Lecturer, Faculty of Buddhism & Graduate School, MCU; Manager, International Association of Buddhist Universities Education:
BA International Studies (University of Oregon); MA Thai Studies (Chulalongkorn University); PhD Buddhist Studies (Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University)

Buddhist Projects/Experiences:
2002 Monkhood, Wat Patumwanaramrajavihara, Bangkok
2006-Present: Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University - Special English Class for Graduate Students in 2006; Part-time Special Lecturer Faculty of Buddhist Studies since 2007 - Courses: Intro to World Religions; Abhidhamma-pitaka Course; History of Buddhism; Research and Literature in Thai Buddhism; Religions and Professional Development; Religions and Sociology; and for the International Masters of Arts Program: Doctrines of the Suttanta-Pitaka
2007-Present: International Association of Buddhist Universities, Secretariat Manager
2007-Present: United Nations Day of Vesak International Organizing Committee Member
2007-Present: Chief Editor and International Academic Seminar Organizer, IABU/UNDV Conferences, and panelist

Interfaith Dialogues:
August 2010: Conference sponsored by the World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation a Dialogue with Buddhists on a Common Word addressing Structural Greed, hosted by Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Non-Conference Publications:
Dion Peoples: Attraction and Repulsion from a Scientific Buddhist Perspective, inside: The Chulalongkorn Journal of Buddhist Studies, Vol. 4, 2010 (Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University Press, 2010)
Dion Peoples: Chanting the Sangiti Sutta (Wangnoi: Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University Press, 2012)

Dr. Dion Peoples
Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Thailand
Title: Images of Anger & the Ramifications of Anger Management (with a focus on Domestic Violence)

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Dr. G.T. Maurits Kwee, PhD

Name : Dr. G.T. Maurits Kwee, PhD

Email Address: mauritskwee@gmail.com

Website: http://relationalbuddhism.org

Mobile: +31 6 17314007

Current Position: Faculty Member and Thesis Advisor of the Taos Institute (USA) and Tilburg University (Netherlands) PhD-Program

Education:
Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology (Catholic University of Nijmegen, Netherlands)
PhD Degree in Medical Science from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

Buddhist Projects/Experiences:
Kwee, M.G.T., (Ed.).(2010a). New horizons in Buddhist Psychology: Relational Buddhism for collaborative practitioners. Taos Institute Publications, U.S.A.
Kwee, M.G.T. (2010b). Buddhist Psychology. In N.P. Azari (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions. Heidelberg: Springer Verlag.
Kwee, M.G.T. (2012). Relational Buddhism: An integrative psychology of happiness amidst existential suffering. In I. Boniwell & S. Davis. (Eds.), Oxford handbook of happiness (in press). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Kwee, M.G.T., Gergen, K.J., & Koshikawa, F. (Eds.).(2006). Horizons in Buddhist Psychology: Practice, research & theory. Taos Institute Publications, U.S.A.

Dr. G.T. Maurits Kwee, PhD
Title: Buddhist Psychotherapy By Karma Transformation

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Professor Padmasiri de Silva

Adjunct Research Associate, Faculty of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Monash University, Australia.

Padmasiri de Silva graduated from the University of Ceylon with a Honours Degree in Philosophy, and also obtained the M.A. & Ph.D in Comparative Philosophy (University of Hawaii). He was the Professor & Head of Philosophy& Psychology Department, University of Peradeniya (1980-89). Subsequently he was appointed Senior Teaching Fellow at NUS Singapore. He has also held visiting positions in the University of Pittsburgh and the ISLE program in USA and the University of Waikato in New Zealand. He also functioned as the coordinator of the IRC Program on "Environment ,Ethics and Education" in Singapore, organising four international conferences and was nominated for the Green Leaf Award. Based on this experience he published, "Environmental Philosophy & Ethics in Buddhism" (Macmillan, 1998). He has been active in developing the field of Buddhist Psychology over the years and is the author of the books, An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology (Macmillan-Palgrave, 205, 4th edition) and also Buddhist and Freudian Psychology (Shogam Publishers, 2010), revised version of the Ph.D thesis submitted to the University of Hawaii. He is the author of number of books and articles on Buddhist Philosophy and Ethics. In 2006 he was awarded the Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Counselling and practiced as a professional counsellor at the Springvale community center, working with migrants. He developed his own method of counselling: "Mindfulness-Based, Emotion-Focused Therapy". Currently he is working on the application of Buddhist Psychotherapy to issues of social pathology and contexts of natural disasters. He has also participated in several conferences on "Contemplative Education" and his most recent work is in Buddhist Contemplative Ethics.

Professor Padmasiri de Silva
Monash University, Australia
Title: The Lost Art of Sadness & the Meaning of Love and Grief

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Caroline Brazier

Name : Caroline Brazier

Email Address : caroline@tarikitrust.org

Current Position : course leader Amida Psychotherapy Training Programme in Other-Centred Approach

Education :
M Phil, Keele University UK 1998; Cert Counsellor Supervision Leeds University UK 1998; Diplomas in Counselling & Groupwork, Eigenwelt Studies 1990; PGCE Didsbury College, Manchester 1978; BA Hons Manchester University UK 1996.

Buddhist Projects/Experiences :

Founder member of Amida Trust and ordained in Amida Order 1998 (Pureland Buddhist priest). Remained in order till 2011. I have also practiced with Thich Nhat Hanh 1993-1996 and was a lay order member with Tiep Hien.

Caroline Brazier
Title: Other-Centered Approaches: psychotherapy and a Buddhist paradigm

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Dr. Barbara Wright

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Dr. Barbara Wright
(Bodhicari Mettavihari)
Title: A Buddhist Perspective on Trauma: Understanding, Forgiveness, and Atonement