Buddhism and Psychology

About Us

The APS Buddhism and Psychology Interest Group was formed to foster exploration and engagement of the therapeutic possibilities that Buddhism offers. Therapists, students and interested individuals are invited to participate in workshops and forums to learn, share and enhance their knowledge and application of Buddhistwisdom in life and work.

Our Vision

Cultivating a sangha (community) of psychologists and Buddhist practitioners who are deeply inspired by the intersection of these two fields. Connecting to the global community of this tradition, and supporting practitioners at the local level. Building both professional and personal capacity through the application of Buddhist principles.

Our Mission

Creating a sangha and forum for connecting psychologists to explore the teachings of Buddhism. Nurturing a space to learn and practise together, and share in the Buddhist philosophy of the mind. Welcoming a diverse and inclusive range of backgrounds and experience - in psychology, Buddhism, and beyond.

Our Values

  • Compassion
  • Collaboration
  • Support
  • Education
  • Open-mindedness

We strive to provide:

  1. Ongoing professional development (PD) and education regarding the application of Buddhist wisdom practices and their relevance to psychology and healing.
  2. Peer supervision (a professional requirement for psychologists) in the application of Buddhist principles on psychological practice. These sessions are run free of charge, and are held exclusively for BPIG Members.
  3. A resource to the general public and psychologists who are not members of the APS.
  4. Information to the APS regarding the value and application of Buddhist principles to psychology.
  5. Cross-fertilisation of ideas and learning about Buddhist Psychology.

Terms of Reference are as follows:

  1. To generate dialogue between psychologists and Buddhist practitioners
  2. To foster, assist and encourage Psychologists interested in Buddhism in their professional roles, and in their contributions to psychological knowledge and professional practice.
  3. To promote professional activities, practice, information sharing, research and discussion in Buddhism and Psychology
  4. To generate and maintain links with organisations that have a focus on Buddhism and Psychology related issues, within Australia and internationally, who are congruent with the aims of the Society and the Interest Group.


APS members can join BPIG by logging in to Manage Your Membership and subscribe online.

We have members in all States, the ACT and NT.  We are in the process of seeking State Coordinators to help cater for member's needs.  If you would like to volunteer in your State or Territory and help in this regard please contact National Convener: Emily Knowles ([email protected])



National Committee

Expressions of Interest now Sought 

The Committee is currently seeking Expressions of Interest from people willing to undertake the following positions:

  1. State Coordinators for NSW/ACT, QLD, SA, NT, WA and TAS.
  2. Event Coordinator (National)
  3. Communications Coordinator (National)