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  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:
Through virtual visits to religious and cultural centers of Buddhism, and through virtual conversations with Buddhist teachers and guests discussing psychology and well-being, students will learn about ways of life in Tibetan Buddhism that reflect cultivating a balanced life and generating compassion for self and others. Students will learn about both Tibetan Buddhist and modern psychological methods for self-regulation, happiness and well-being.

The course will cover important Tibetan Buddhist concepts on well-being and compare and contrast these with psychological science on well-being. For example, Tibetan Buddhism promotes an ideal state of well-being that results from freeing the mind of its afflictive tendencies. Psychological researcher Ed Diener Ph.D., after years of leading scientific research teams on psychological happiness, concluded something similar, when he said his research supported the idea that “satisfaction is less a matter of getting what you want than wanting what you have” (Deiner, 2005).  Both western models of scientific psychology and Tibetan Buddhism claim that the happiness resulting from internal mental training is more durable than stimulus-driven pleasure, although neither are against stimulus driven pleasure. Psychological science and Tibetan Buddhism have similarities and differences in their approaches toward guiding people toward “conative balance” or in Tibetan Buddhist terms, “desiring wisely”. Important evidence-based psychotherapies such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy that are used particularly for the self-regulation of anxiety and impulse control, use principles similar to Tibetan Buddhism. Yet in Tibet, well-being and mindfulness are not therapies, rather they are imbued into daily community and culture.

Attend an Info Session!
Thursday, April 29th, 2021
7:00 - 8:00 PM
Register for Zoom meeting here.
Thursday, May 6th, 2021
7:00 - 8:00 PM
Register for Zoom meeting here.
Education Abroad Advisor Make an appointment with Hannah Marrs at any time!
Faculty Leader Christopher Allen, Adjunct Faculty and Senior Instructor
Department of Psychology
Portland State University
Course Dates & Times June 21st - August 13th, 2021
Mondays & Wednesdays 16:45 - 19:05
Areas of Study Psychology
Course & Credit PSY 410
4 credits
Application Process
(PSU Students)
  1. Students must apply to this course by clicking the APPLY NOW button on the top of this page. 
  2. Students will be accepted to this course prior to the start of summer quarter
  3. Students will need to log in and CONFIRM their participation in this course, at which time they will be liable for the course fees. If a student withdraws after confirming, they may still owe the full program fee. NOTE: The Education Abroad course withdrawal & tuition refund policy for this course differs from the typical university policy. 
Course Fees  Students are charged the equivalent of 4 credits of tuition based on residency status (resident, non-resident or WUE) and enrollment level (undergraduate or graduate). Review the rates of tuition here
Scholarship Are you a Pell Grant Recipient? If so, you may be eligible for the Gilman Scholarship, which can be applied to online programs! Learn more and apply here. 















Please note: all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged the PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees.

Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account. 

This program is currently not accepting applications.