Buddhist Mindfulness and Spiritual Care, Short Course | Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Buddhist Mindfulness and Spiritual Care

8 days
1050 EUR/full
1050 EUR/full
Tuition fee
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BBuddhist Mindfulness and Spiritual Care at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will introduce Buddhist mindfulness in theory and practice with special focus on Spiritual Care. 


The increasing interest in Buddhist spiritual caregiving and mindfulness is partly due to a disproportionate increase in mental distress and decrease in wellbeing, and the promise and potential of Buddhist approaches to these topics. Join the Buddhist Mindfulness and Spiritual Care course at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Key facts:

The current popularity of mindfulness is at a peak and quite encouraging. However, there is often a lack of authentic input from the ancient Buddhist wisdom traditions. This lack has become an obstacle to deepened, embodied experiences, and has made mindfulness techniques often mechanistic and have diminished their true value and effectivity. 

The Buddhism team at the VU aims to cater for the need and the demand for rooted mindfulness by enabling students to explore the holistic and authentic Buddhist tradition that base mindfulness in its natural home. 

Programme Structure

  • Session one: meditation
  • Session two: Theoretical/textual learning
  • Session three: reflective practice 
  • Session four: case study

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 8 days

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This course is taught and assessed on Beginner Bachelor's level (completed first year) and Advanced Bachelor's level (completed second year). The course is open to anyone interested in Buddhist Spiritual Care and mindfulness either for their own benefit, acquiring or deepening new knowledge and insights or for those who wish to apply, share and practice mindfulness and spiritual care from a Buddhist perspective in order to help others. 
  • Furthermore, participants of the VU mindfulness summer school course will acquire deepened and new insights. 
  • The course is open to everyone including to those who are simply curious; those who are interested as health and care practitioners; to students, professionals, and academics; and also to practising Buddhists nationally and internationally.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1050 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1050 EUR for the full programme during 8 days.
  • EU/EEA

    1050 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1050 EUR for the full programme during 8 days.
  • Students, PhD students and employees of VU Amsterdam, Amsterdam UMC or an Aurora Network Partner: €700
  • Students at Partner Universities of VU Amsterdam: €950
  • Students and PhD candidates at non-partner universities of VU Amsterdam: €1050
  • Professionals: €1250

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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