You want to be a clinician working with mental health, emotional wellbeing, cognitive efficiency – that sort of thing. What you haven’t bought into is spending time learning about one of the most complicated religions on Earth. So what’s going on? Why do you need to know this much about Buddhism for your clinical training?

Well, to begin with, you just don’t need all the complicated bits.

As you’ll read elsewhere on this website – and will hear a lot more about when you study on courses that we sponsor, or work with our clinical and preventative teams – different people mean different things when they say “Buddhism”.

You’re absolutely right if you think that knowing the different ways in which the religion of Buddhism has developed in, say, Sri Lanka and Tibet isn’t going to help much in making you a great clinical specialist who changes lives.

But understanding the expertise with which Buddha, and those who preceded and followed him, addressed the ills of our minds is, truly, crucial. Because these 2,500 year old fundamentals have been scientifically shown to help people cope better with many things that can – and do – stop us being well and happy. University departments of psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychology teach clinical Buddhism not because they want people to convert to Buddhism, or even know more about the religion – but because some aspects of Buddhism, outside the religious context, are changing lives every single day.

We have lots of ways in which you can try bite-sized clinical Buddhism with ELK-Health – or if you are looking for training – please visit our associates, The National Colleges.