The Unique Platform of Bodhiology

 

Bodhiology is a textbook on Buddhist psychology written as a scholarly work for the academic community as well as designed as an accessible creative work for the general readers.

 

The book is the first of its kind because it does not present Buddhism as a religion or as a philosophy normally done by Buddhist scholars at the universities in the west or in the east. Even in very rare cases where some of them may attempt to present Buddhism as psychology or psychotherapy, they do so only in the form of articles or inaccessible monographs. And, such rare works are written in the scholarly genre mainly for their peers.

 

By contrast, the book presents Buddhism as a psychology in the genre of a science textbook using level-wise rigorous presentation method for easier accessibility to the readers outside the Buddhist scholarship. 

 

Bodhiology drew the psychological data from the Buddha’s teachings and their commentaries written by his early ascetic commentators in Pāli language.  Those ancient commentaries are accessible only to the advanced scholars of Pāli language. Excellent English translations do exist, but they stand only as reference works for the specialist readers.

 

Here again, Bodhiology stands out as a pioneering work in that it is a 20th century recasting of 600 BC Pāli Buddhist texts, the depositories of psychological concepts and methods. And, this recasting is totally westernized by means of providing modern similes and scenarios commonly found in Australia and other western nations in illuminating those ancient Buddhist psychological data within a seamless gradual unfolding of the subject. That is what I meant by the expression ‘an accessible creative work’ in describing Bodhiology. As such, English speakers will feel at home in reading this work and feel as though the Buddha’s teachings were their very heritage.

 

 

 

 

 

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