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K2005-1: CULTIVATING HAPPINESS FROM A BUDDHIST PERSPECTIVE AND THE INSIGHTS OF POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

30.01.2020 - 02.02.2020

Course 3A with Thay Phap An and Sr. Song Nghiem

Can we, as human beings, blossom to our fullest potential?
The answer of both Mahayana Buddhism and positive psychology is yes. It is possible for our Buddha nature to fully blossom and for us to flourish based on the insights of positive psychology. This is a new direction in psychology developed by Martin Seligman and other psychologists in 1989 in the USA. The teaching about Buddha nature arose from looking deeply into human nature from a Buddhist perspective. In this class we will have the opportunity to study both of these teachings closely in order to allow our life to blossom and, in these confusing times, to offer it as a positive contribution to the world. In addition to meditation we will also practice simple Qi Gong and Tai Chi exercises, as well as deep relaxation, to strengthen our bodies as the foundation for a healthy mind and our own happiness.

Sister Song Nghiem


Schwester Song Nghiem

Sister Song Nghiem, Adorment with Parallel, was born in Vietnam. She received her PHD in chemistry from Darmstadt Technical University. She subsequently worked as a chemist in research and in industry. In 2003 Thay appointed her as a lay Dharma Teacher and a year later she was ordained as a nun by Thay. In 2012 she once again received the Dharma teacher lamp, this time as a nun. Her special inter...

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Thay Phap An


Thay Phap An

Bhikshu Thích Chân Pháp Ấn is one of the elder disciples of Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh.

He received a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin in 1985. At the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), he received a Master of Science (MS) in Chemical Engineering in 1988 and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics in 1990. He was a Re...

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