Encountering Buddhism: Western Psychology and Buddhist by Seth Robert Segall

By Seth Robert Segall

Creatively exploring the issues of confluence and clash among Western psychology and Buddhist teachings, numerous students, researchers, and therapists fight to combine their different mental orientations--psychoanalytic, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, transpersonal--with their various Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist practices. by way of investigating the measure to which Buddhist insights fit with Western technological know-how and tradition, they then ponder what each one philosophical/psychological procedure has to provide the opposite. The members exhibit how Buddhism has replaced the way in which they perform psychotherapy, opt for their study subject matters, and behavior their own lives. In doing so, they light up the relevance of historic Buddhist texts to modern cultural and mental dilemmas.

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Without the distorting projections of desires on to experience, he was said to be able to see phenomena clearly. 11 The fourth and final of the noble truths is the path leading to the cessation of suffering. While the first three truths analyze and articulate the theoretical underpinnings of the human condition, the fourth truth has more to do with the practical task of purification and transformation. How to bring about the radically healing transformation of awakening is a matter of great diversit y in the Buddhist tradition.

Would he be a clever man if out of gratitude for the raft that has carried him across the stream to the other shore, he should cling to it, take it on his back, and walk about with the weight of it? Would not the clever man be the one who left the raft (of no use to him any longer) to the current stream, and walked ahead without turning back to look at it? Is it simply a tool to be cast away and forsaken once it has served the purpose for which it was made? In the same way the vehicle of the doc- CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF A NEW KIND 35 trine is to be cast away and forsaken once the shore of enlightenment has been attained.

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