The Philosophical Psychology of Buddhism

A Study Retreat in the Abhidhamma, with Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi 

 Last year, over the Labor Day weekend, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi conducted a retreat on the Abhidhamma, the philosophical psychology of early Buddhism, in which he explored the first two chapters of the Abhidhammattha Sangaha, “A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma,” the primary work for the study of the Abhidhamma in the Theravada tradition. The first two chapters presented the Abhidhamma analysis of mind and mental factors. This year, over the Labor Day weekend, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi will continue to examine the Abhidhamma philosophy, focusing on the middle four chapters of the book. These deal with such topics as the functions, doors, and objects of consciousness (chapter 3); processes of consciousness (chapter 4); planes of existence and their relation to mind and karma (chapter 5); and material phenomena (chapter 6).