Exam Topics A: REL 407/507 Buddhism and Psychotherapy, in class exam Jan 31

The exam will be in two parts. Part I, THE FIRST HALF OF THE EXAM, will be on matters related to Writing Papers. Part II will be on topics covered thus far in the readings and lectures. If you will not be here on the exam date to take the exam, you must make prior arrangements at least one week before. You must receive prior permission for absence as well as to take the exam separately. Only exceptional cases will be allowed.

The exam will be multiple choice, and as covered in the syllabus, will count 5% of your grade. There is only one right answer per question. If there appears to be more than one right answer, pick the best answer.

If you have any questions about the exam or the topics included in the exam, please ask me. You can come in during office hours, make an appointment or send me email.

From the "Writing Papers" links

Read the following essays and guidelines that are posted on the Writing Papers links on my web pages:

I. Four Keys to Writing in the Humanities

II. Four Stages of Writing

III. Paper Writing Guidelines

IV. Sentence Structure and Puncuation: Clauses and Commas

V. Writing: The Bridge between Consciousness and Unconsciousness



From the Readings and Lectures

Basic Buddhist concepts:
1. Who are: Siddharta Gautama, Sakyamuni Buddha, Devadatta, and Kisa Gotami?
2. What are: The Four Noble Truths, The Three Marks of Existence, The Three Jewels, The Three Baskets?
3. What are: Bodhisattva, upaya, two-fold truth, form and emptiness?

Buddhism-and-Psychotherapy as a Field:
4. According to Jeremy Safran, how do the constructivist epistemologies of Buddhism and psychoanalysis differ in their tendencies?
5. According to Safran, how do psychoanalysis and Buddhist practice provide for the possibility of "re-enchantment"?
6. What was Jack Engler's original idea behind his saying, "You have to be somebody before you can be nobody," and how has he changed his views?
7. What are Engler's "four experiences of self"?
8. According to Robin Hertz, what are two of the major differences between contemporary Mindfulness-based interventions such as Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) programs, on the one hand, and traditional paths of Buddhist practice, on the other, in terms of: timeline, aims, and scope of experiences covered?
9. According to Richard Payne, what is the origin of the psychotherapeutic notion of individuation, and how does it differ in structure from some common forms of Buddhist paths of practice?

Jung's Archetypal Psychology
10. What is the Self for Jung and how is consciousness related to it?
11. What is individuation?
12. What are the psychological types?
13. What are anima and animus?
14. What is the shadow, where is to be found, and how does it come to be formed?
15. What is Jung's view of transference and counter-transference?