The project is meant to encourage an active engagement with the theory and practice of Indian psychology. You choose a concept, area or process of Indian psychology in which you're especially interested and you focus your efforts in this area. It can be a theoretical issue, a psychological skill or quality you would like to develop, or a change you want to bring about in yourself.
In other words the project is meant to help you organize, assimilate and integrate your thoughts and personal experiences regarding an aspect of Indian Psychology that has your specific interest.
While such individual projects are active, focussed and (if you choose this) "public", the structured diary is essentially passive, open-ended and in first instance private. The diary is primarily meant as an exercise in self-observation. Writing a diary forces one to become more acutely, precisely and "objectively" aware of oneself and of all that all is happening inside, and in the process one develops the "inner instrumentation" needed for the precise and reliable self-observation that forms the core of Indian psychology. The diary itself, however interesting it may be as a trail of inner change, is from this perspective, a "side-benefit", while the honing of one's inner instrument of knowledge is the real issue.
The combination of writing a structured diary with a first-person mini project has been found especially effective, both for inner change and for assimilating the basics of Integral Indian psychology. You can find out more about the structured diary, here.
The project consists basically of two parts:
An important aspect to consider in the discussion of your findings is to what extent they might be generalizable and useful for others. In all stages of the project, it is good to be as concrete and detailed as possible!
During the IPI-based courses, there are generally two projects. The first is a kind of trial, and will last one month. The second will normally continue for the rest of the course.
At the end of each project, two presentations are given, an oral one for the group, and a written one of which the participant can decide how public it will be.
For the oral presentation one will normally get approximately 35 minutes inclusive discussion. The written presentation should have the standard sections of a scientific paper: