Master of Buddhist Counselling

The Master of Buddhist Counselling degree (MBC) programme is a coursework programme offered by the Centre of Buddhist Studies (CBS) of The University of Hong Kong. The degree is awarded through the Faculty of Arts.

The programme is intended for individuals with basic knowledge in Buddhist Studies who would like to study how Buddhist teachings and practices could add a new dimension to modern-day counselling skills. The curriculum is designed for qualified healthcare and mental health professionals who would like to apply Buddhist teaching-based counselling in their professional work as well as for non-professional individuals to apply Buddhist teaching-based counselling skills to nourish their own daily life.

Information for MBC Application 2018-2019

Course Information for Academic Year 2018-2019 new

Feature of MBC -- A Unique Programme Motivated by Compassion

A Programme Motivated by Compassion
The MBC programme is not a conventional psychology programme providing training in Buddhist-derived psychological interventions. Instead, it is a Buddhist Counselling programme based on core Buddhist teachings and practices as explicated in classical Buddhist scriptures. Students will receive training in delivering traditional Buddhist counselling as a holistic, structural, and transformative process of helping. Motivated by compassion, the MBC is a distinctive training opportunity for students to gain insights into deeper issues of human suffering and develop skillful means to alleviate suffering in self and others.

First of Its Kind
In a dearth of Buddhist counselling services and the demand for ethical and professional services for individuals affiliated with Buddhism, the Buddhist Counselling programme is designed to train ethical and competent Buddhist counselling practitioners to provide compassionate services for individuals and communities in Hong Kong. In comparison to the Master of Buddhist Studies programme, MBC programme aims to put forth the theoretical studies of Buddhist teachings into practice by equipping students with pragmatic Buddhist teaching-based counselling skills and fostering spiritual formation.

Reflective and Contemplative Learning
Spiritual reflection and formation is a strong emphasis of the programme because these endeavours can foster awareness, compassion and wisdom to face challenges of life, dissolve barriers that perpetuate ones suffering, and enhance ones ability to connect with others. Due to these reasons, students are highly encouraged to find and develop their spiritual direction, apply their learnings in real life situations, and cultivate compassion for self and others.

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