Buddhism and Psychology
Being that both Buddhism and psychology are concerned with mental wellness, healthy relationships, and clear seeing, it should be little surprise that the two disciplines inform and illuminate one another. Here are the finest Shambhala Sun teachings and articles related to Buddhism and psychology, featuring pieces by John Welwood, Jack Kornfield, Barry Boyce, Tara Bennett-Goleman, and more.
To really listen to others, say David Rome and Hope Martin, we must
first learn to listen to ourselves. They teach us three techniques for
tuning in to body, speech, and mind.
Are there provable methods we can use to become more altruistic
and compassionate? Can Buddhist compassion practices be adapted for a
society? Barry Boyce reports on the growing number of scientists and
researchers who are studying how to bring out the best in human nature.
Boyce talks to the authors of the new, groundbreaking interactive book, A
Stress Reduction Workbook, and reports on his visit to the annual
the Center for Mindfulness.
As creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Jon Kabat-Zinn
has brought the benefits of meditation practice to hundreds of
thousands of people and inspired a movement that is changing our
society in many ways. In this exclusive interview with the Sun’s Barry
Boyce, he discusses the philosophy, goals, and promise of the
four noble truths tell us that to be happy we must first discover the
causes of our unhappiness. This is the approach of the renowned French
Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard,
who says that genuine happiness is only
possible after we understand the fundamental mistake that is the root
of our suffering.
Living with someone we love, with all the
joys and challenges, is one of the best ways to grow spiritually. But
real awakening only happens, says renowned psychologist John Welwood, in
the charnel ground where we acknowledge and work with our wounds,
fears, and illusions.
Prominent Buddhist teacher and psychologist
Jack Kornfield proposes a new psychology, one based not on a model of
sickness but on Buddhism’s belief in the inherent nobility, beauty, and
freedom of human nature.
Are we just too stupid to be happy?
Psychologist Daniel Gilbert reveals some of the common mental mistakes
that defeat our search for happiness.
When so much talk of morality is
marked by aggression and self-righteousness, Robert Coles is a gentler
and deeper moral voice. David Swick profiles this child psychiatrist,
civil rights activist, and author who has spent his life considering the
nature of morality and its central place in our lives.
John Baker says that group therapy
can offer the insight, immediacy, and self-awareness that is the goal of
Love is what we long to receive and to give,
yet our intimate relationships are conflicted and often painful.
Psychologist John Welwood looks at the difference between absolute and
relative love, and the wound within each of us that no other can heal.
Han F. de Wit argues
that spiritual tradition can be viewed as its own school of psychology.
As such, it offers more effective techniques and profound goals than the
"ordinary unhappiness" aspired to by conventional psychology.
Tara Bennett-Goleman describes how the
transforming power of mindfulness can be applied to our painful
fear and despair are part of the human condition. Each of these
emotions is useful, says psychotherapist Miriam Greenspan, if we know
how to listen to them.
Dispassionately observing what goes on in
our mind is one of Buddhism’s central practices. As Michael Stroud
reports, the technique is being used to work with a variety of mental
health problems, including depression.
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Buddhist teachers and writers—people
renowned for addressing precisely the problems we’re facing
today—including the Dalai Lama, Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, Chögyam
Trungpa, Sylvia Boorstein, Jack Kornfield, Norman Fischer, Jon
Kabat-Zinn, Sharon Salzberg, and many others.
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