G.T. Maurits Kwee, Ph.D. (Emeritus Hon. Prof.), Clinical Psychologist, is a Faculty Member of the Taos Institute (USA) – Tilburg University (Netherlands) Ph.D.-Program and Founder of the Institute for Relational Buddhism & Karma Transformation, Bentveld, Netherlands. A Chan Buddhist and mindfulness adept as from his early teens, Professor Kwee earned his doctorate in Medical Science at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and was a Visiting Professor and Research Fellow at Waseda University, Tokyo, and Honorary Professor at the University of Flores, Buenos Aires.
Formerly a clinical practitioner, researcher and supervisor, he was also co-organizer of a dozen international conventions and has guest-lectured all over the world as the Past President of the Transcultural Society for Clinical Meditation (Japan) and a Board Member of the Society for Constructivism in the Human Sciences (USA). Dr. Kwee promulgates a cutting-edge secular Psychology in Buddhism which moves beyond the traditional Buddhist denominations. His latest proficiency is the Pursuit of Happiness Amid Adversity as in Relational Buddhism: An integrative psychology of happiness amidst existential suffering (2013).
Presently, after retirement, he is dedicated to disseminate and revamp psychology which inheres in Buddhism and the wisdom traditions as a groundbreaking method for mental hygiene and stress-inoculation. Professor Kwee empowers and transforms audiences through procedures which promote sanity with business and other organization leaders, and change advocates – coaches, teachers, clinicians, trainers, managers – as well as with clients, students, employees and the public at large. His latest edited book (2010) is New Horizons in Buddhist Psychology: Relational Buddhism for Collaborative Practitioners and his latest monograph (2013) is Psychotherapy by Karma Transformation: Relational Buddhism and Rational Practice.
Invited Lecture Abstract:
A Buddhist/Secular View on Personal Meaning by Karma Transformation
This paper explores some non-metaphysical/non-
Invited Lecture Learning Objectives:
- Relational Buddhism and Karma Transformation, a psychology and a psychotherapy, are rooted in what I have coined Ancient Greek Buddhism stemming from for about 150 BCE and based on a Q&A textbook called the Query of King Menandros (Milindapanna).
- The Buddhist meaning of karma as intentional action opens doors and windows for a cognitive-behavioral approach to emotional healing/therapy and flourishing/happiness in the larger context of the 4-Ennobling Realities.
- If meaning means seeking life’s purpose, its impact is endeavouring self’s greedy craving, whilst experiencing not-self implies an emptiness without purpose but full of delight from where kindness and compassion germinate out of nowhere.
Workshop Learning Objectives:
- Familiarizing with ‘pristine mindulness’ which implies learning the Buddhist heartfulness rather than the eurocentric mindfulness as in the mindfulness-based approaches and re-contextualizing the mindfulness-lite undertaking as part and parcel of the Buddhist 8-Fold Balancing Practice.
- Getting acquainted with four conceptualizing approaches to reality as an emptiness/not-self experience of ‘non-foundationalism’ (the Buddha, Nagarjuna, Vasubandhu and Gergen).
- Getting acquainted with the 4 stages (and 8 steps) of Pristine Mindfulness (and its awareness and attention practices) culminating in Nirvana (arousal extinction), Dependent Origination (the Buddha’s awakening insight), non-dual wholesomeness (kill-the-Buddha) and reality as social construction (Relational Buddhism).