Center for Consciousness Studies

“Consciousness at the human level is essentially in the nature of self-luminosity. It shines by its own intrinsic light; as it reveals objects it also reveals itself as the knowing function.”

- Haridas Chaudhuri, The Evolution of Integral Consciousness (1977).

Since its origins in the mid-20th century CIIS has been committed to the exploration of the nature and potentials of human consciousness. This commitment is embraced and embodied by its many programs, ranging form Asian philosophy to integral psychology and counseling, and on through women’s spirituality, ecology, creative arts, and many more.

The goals of this center are to elevate CIIS into international prominence in the field of consciousness studies, and to support and facilitate consciousness studies both inside and beyond the institute. Also to act as a clearinghouse for faculty members and students both within CIIS and outside of it who interested in the field of consciousness studies.

DIRECTOR

Allan Combs, Ph.D.
Navin and Pratibha Doshi Professor of Consciousness Studies
ccs@ciis.edu

PROJECTS

  • The Center sponsors a professional Society for Consciousness Studies
  • A professional conference on consciousness studies at CIIS, May 29 - June 1, 2014.
  • A professional conference on consciousness studies at CIIS, May 29 - June 1, 2015
  • A professional meeting of consciousness scholars in Italy during the spring of 2015
  • Developing a university consortium Center for Evolution in Consciousness and Culture

PH.D. FOCUS ON CONSCIOUSNESS STUDIES PROGRAM IN TRANSFORMATIVE STUDIES

This new Focus on Consciousness Studies Focus is a track witin our online Transformative Studies Ph.D. program.
      This Focus leads to a Ph.D. in Consciousness Studies grounded in the well established and successful Transformative Studies online Ph.D. Program. Courses in this program provide the student with a foundation in transdisciplinary scholarship and complexity thinking imparted by some of the world's leading scholars in these fields. In this way students learn to integrate an "ecology of consciousness" approach, originally suggested by visionaries such as psychologist Frank Barron and systems thinker Gregory Bateson, with contemporary understandings of consciousness, ecology, and complexity.

OTHER ACADEMIC PROGRAMS OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO CONSCIOUSNESS STUDIES

FACULTY OF SPECIAL NOTE

Fernando Castrillon
Community Mental Health

Craig Chalquist
Chair of East-West Psychology

Carolyn Cooke
Writing and Consciousness

Brant Cortright
Integral Counseling

Frank Echenhofer
Clinical Psychology

Jorge Ferrer
East-West Psychology

Steven Goodman
Asian and Comparative Studies

Don Hanlon Johnson
Somatic Psychology

Constance Jones
Transformative Studies

Mara Lynn Keller
Women’s Spirituality

Sean Kelly
Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

Robert McDermott
Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

Kaisa Puhakka
Clinical Psychology

Richard Tarnas
Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

Jacob Sherman
Philosophy and Religion

Brian Swimme
Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

ADJUNCT FACULTY OF SPECIAL INTEREST

Ralph Metzner
Classic research on psychedelics and states of consciousness

David Peat
Physicist, writer, and consciousness researcher

Stanislav Grof
Classic research on LSD, transpersonal psychologist

CONSCIOUSNESS CAFE

Don’t forget the Consciousness Café at CIIS!