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Wilhelm Wundt founded psychology as a separate science in 1879, isolating it from philosophy. The Buddha appeared in 600 BC, and left a large collection of teachings. Based on those teachings, writers produce books on Buddhism, mostly as works on Buddhist philosophy and religion. When I examine the Buddha’s teachings, I come to discover their preoccupation with the affairs of our minds and behaviors. That discovery led me to a very ambitious idea. What if I write a textbook on psychology based on the Buddha’s teachings. As Wilhelm Wundt separated psychology from philosophy, why should I not isolate psychological concepts and methods from other aspects of those teachings and systemize them for modern readers? Bodhiology is the fruit of having brought that ambitious idea to reality.

Bodhiology is the psychology of consciousness models. In the first book of Abhidhamma (Extreme Teachings), the Buddha deconstructed every consciousness type available to us. In my work, I used the deconstructed components as the building blocks to reconstruct consciousness models and rearrange them in their evolutionary order. I also took initiative to provide and discuss all the necessary links between them – links either as concepts or methods not explicit in that first book.

Are consciousness models reconstructed just for the intellectual exercise? Of course not. We can put them to practical use. One of their uses is to explain any sentient phenomenon. The phenomena such as creativity, scientific activity, signal processing, message decoding, miracles, genius and the like can be adequately explained in the light of the consciousness models.

The function of bodhiology is, however, more than to explain. Its methods are to put us in charge of any consciousness model. As they can help us discard any consciousness model we are through with, so can they facilitate upkeep or attainment of those we like. Anyone who has mastered and can manipulate consciousness models is the one in a position to be able to manipulate their behaviors as the latter originate from the former. Bodhiology aims to help us discover healthy behaviors, internalize them and change them into perfect behaviors (sammā kammanto, etc).

If consciousness models are under our control, we are in charge of our behaviors. If our behaviors are under our control, we can leave or choose any behavior as we please. As mastery of consciousness models makes it a breeze to break any unhealthy, chronic habits, so can it make it easier for us to adopt healthy behaviors that are efficient, economical, elegant, precise, untiring, liberating – behaviors that are progressive cranes for internalizing more advanced consciousness models. Once we are able to make our consciousness models and behaviors mutually advance one another, we embark on the path of perfection (sammā maggo) which climaxes with awakening, the ultimate psychological change.

Bodhiology is the psychology of awakening – psychology specializing in concepts and methods for ultimate psychological change and perfect behaviors. Why on earth would one need such ultimate psychological change as awakening? To transcend those habitual consciousness models and behaviors which make us live the lives of puppets, of somnambulists. Bodhiology is the most effective psychology to expose and demolish stereotypes, conditioned states, existential programming, social hypnosis, societal puppetry, cosmic somnambulism.

Bodhiology is the first systematic attempt to transform Abhidhamma into a modern applied discipline. It is the applied Abhidhamma.

The term ‘Buddha’ refers to one who has awakening, has liberated oneself from sentient programming, societal conditioning and cosmic somnambulism, and teaches us how to do likewise. Bodhiology is the most ambitious psychology to show any willing seeker how to attain the consciousness and behaviors of a Buddha, an awakener.

 

 

 

 

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