Classical Buddhist Psychology: Theory and Practice

Non-residential weekend course, with Andrew Olendzki

1st – 2nd July 2017: Good Enough College; London, WC1N

Early Buddhist literature contains a sophisticated model of the mind, body, and human behaviour that is of growing interest to modern psychologists, neuroscience researchers, and caregivers of all sorts. Rooted in the empirical experience of meditation and first-person investigation, it describes how a virtual world is constructed anew each moment, and explains in some detail how our experience is shaped by past action and how our responses in the present moment shape what will unfold in the future. This weekend program offers an overview of this model, and surveys some of the ways it can be practically applied to bring about change and greater well-being.

The first day of the course focuses on the conceptual model of five aggregates and six sense bases, arising and passing away each moment to construct a stream of consciousness and a virtual flow of experience. We examine how the presence or absence of suffering is governed by principles of interdependent origination, take a close look at the core Buddhist notion of non-self and its deep implications, and gain an understanding of a process of mental and emotional clarification that culminates in awakening.

The second day shifts to the practical application of this information to effect healing and transformation. We look at the role of ethics as a skilful tool for guiding behaviour away from unhealthy states and toward the cultivation of healthy states, and how both conscious and unconscious mechanisms affect this. We also look closely at different kinds of meditation, at how it works and why it is effective, and offer a broad outline of a path of healing and a vision of profound mental health.

The course is suitable for those new to Buddhist thought and practice, as well as to those with considerable experience, and includes some brief periods of meditation.



ANDREW OLENDZKI, PhD, was trained in Buddhist Studies at Lancaster University in England, as well as at Harvard and the University of Sri Lanka. The former executive director of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) and of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS) in Barre, Massachusetts, and executive editor of the "Insight Journal," he is now senior scholar at Integrated Dharma Institute.

Event Details

  • Non-residential
  • Accommodation for the Saturday night can be booked directly with Good Enough College if required
  • A vegetarian sandwich based lunch, and daytime tea and coffee, are included
  • Full Payment required on booking (Deposits cannot be taken for retreats under 5 days in length)
  • A limited number of Bursary places are available for this course
  • Please read the Booking Conditions before booking

This course is now sold out.  Please feel free to join our waiting list below, and we will contact you in case of a cancellation.


  • July 1, 2017 - July 2, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Venue Phone: +44 (0)20 7753 0578

Venue Website:

Mecklenburgh Square, London, London, WC1N 2AB, United Kingdom


Goodenough College is a registered charity tucked away in leafy Mecklenburgh Square, providing residential accommodation in a unique community for postgraduate students in London. With its international academic and professional community you will find this venue both stimulating and relaxing in its quiet and informal atmosphere.

Goodenough College is centrally located in WC1 and is in easy walking distance of numeorus underground and mainline stations, with good accessibility from all London airports. The College comprises two buildings on either side of a quiet garden square. SCR9

Refurbished in 2014, Grade II listed London House has 6 function rooms, all with their own personality, from oak panelled walls to high vaulted ceilings. William Goodenough House on the opposite side of the Square also has two modern function rooms.
Four star en-suite accommodation is available at the Goodenough Club which is located in the Square and rooms are available in the College too.

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