A 4-Module Online Course

Wednesdays Sept. 14th, 21st, 28th
& Oct 05th, 2022
from 5.00 PM to 7.30 PM ET.

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This is a virtual live event

Education Hours: 10

Instructor: Emma JM. Ates, DTATI, RP, RCAT, CCP
Location: Virtual Live Event on Teachable

Length of Access: One Year
Cost: $150 CAD + GST/HST included
​​**All prices are in CAD$.

American Patrons - check online for the current exchange rate.

About the Course

What is contemplative creative psychotherapy (CCT) and what are its methodologies for training the embodied mind for mental health and global well-being?


This 4-module online course is a brief overview of the Buddhist-Based origins and foundations of contemplative creative science applied in psychotherapy and clinical practice. This course is mainly theoretical with some contemplative practices.

The first two modules are an overview of the origins and foundations of Buddhism and Dharma Arts in India, and its spread to Northern, and Southeast Asia. Then, the third module looks briefly at the impact of invasions, commercial trades, and colonization on traditional Buddhism, Buddhist modernism, and Dharma arts practices integrated to North American culture. In the last module, participants are introduced to the Contemplative Creative Science theory, framework, psychotherapy methods, and contemplative creative practices.


*It is a recommended to have taken the introductory course to understand contemplative science and arts and how it has been assimilated and secularized into western culture, western psychology, and psychotherapy. And required to continue into CCS incoming training courses and programs. 

Module 1 – The Origins of Meditation, Dharma and Dharma Art Emergence in India

In the first module, participants learn about the origins and foundations of contemplative creative science to understand how we came to develop this Buddhist-based secularized model, and methodologies to integrate in mental health and global well-being. We need first to understand the origins and foundations, integration and secularization of the Buddhist teachings and meditation practices. In this module, students will have a brief introduction to Buddhism, Dharma, and Dharma Arts in India. Students will learn about the origins of meditation before Buddhism, the main Buddhist teachings that are the foundations of traditional and modern Buddhism, and the evolution of Buddhist Dharma Art after Gautama’s death.

Module 2 - Overview of Buddhist Spread to Northern & South-East Asia

In the second module, we will have a brief overview of how Buddhism spread from India and its integration, with an exploration of how Buddhist contemplative traditions emerged in early South Asia, and the ways in which they evolved and transformed as they spread to Central, East, and Southeast Asia. Emphasis will be on the historical evolution, doctrinal foundations, and monastic and lay regimens associated with Buddhist meditation practices. With a focus on primary sources, we will attempt to enter the worlds of the historical practices, tracking continuities and changes across various cultural, institutional, and religious contexts. We will explore a few specific traditions: models of practice set out in China, Japan, Tibet, and of South-Eastern traditions.


Module 3 – Impacts of Colonization and Cross-Cultural Integration of Buddhism in North America

In the third module, we will have an overview of the impact of Asian, European invasions and colonization, and commercial trades before the 19th century. colonization on traditional and modern Buddhism in the 20th century. Participants will learn the impact of colonization, with a look at how traditional Buddhist teachers came to North America bringing with them pragmatic Dharma texts and contemplative art practices and their influence on culture, literature, science, and mental health. We explore how Buddhist meditation practices find their way into the mainstream of global wellness and science, culture, and how they become differently transfigured in the hands of those with distinct political, economic, and religious investments.

Module 4 - Foundations of Contemplative Creative Psychotherapy

In this final module, you are introduced to the foundations of the Contemplative Creative psychotherapy (CCT) as a Buddhist-based secular approach to embodied mind training and compassion in action applied for mental health and global well-being in relationship to self, others, and the planet. 

What you will learn

  • The origins and emergence of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha in India, and the spread of Buddhism in Northern and Southern Asia.

  • The origins and emergence of Buddhist arts in different Asian countries 

  • The impact of colonialism on modern Buddhism and its spread in Europe and North America. 

  • The integration of Buddhist-Based contemplative science, ideas, and methods in mental health with mindfulness, compassion, and contemplative arts practices, and their adaptations into many spheres of life.

  • The foundations of the Contemplative Creative psychotherapy (CCT) as a Buddhist-based secular approach to embodied mind training and compassion in action applications for self, others, and the planet. 



This course is open to the public interested in learning about Buddhist traditions and Buddhist-based secular contemplative creative approach and practices as an adjunct to their own personal, or clinical practice.

*No artistic or meditation experience is needed to attend this course.

**THIS COURSE IS NOT meant to be a history course on Buddhism, or the history of Buddhist art. This is not a substitute for professional training in Buddhist History, Buddhist Psychology and Buddhist Philosophy, Yoga and Ayurveda practices, or any mental health professions and creative art therapies.

The CCT introductory course will be offered periodically throughout the year.

If you are interested in the upcoming training, please contact us at contemplativecreativescience@gmail.com

Course Includes

  • 4 Live Session

  • 4 Video Modules

  • Course Reading List

  • Course References 

  • Letter of Attendance