Encountering Buddhism: Western Psychology and Buddhist Teachings (SUNY Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology)

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Creatively exploring the points of confluence and conflict between Western psychology and Buddhist teachings, various scholars, researchers, and therapists struggle to integrate their diverse psychological orientations - psychoanalytic, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, transpersonal - with their diverse Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist practices. By investigating the degree to which Buddhist insights are compatible with Western science and culture, they then consider what each philosophical/psychological system ...
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Overview

Creatively exploring the points of confluence and conflict between Western psychology and Buddhist teachings, various scholars, researchers, and therapists struggle to integrate their diverse psychological orientations - psychoanalytic, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, transpersonal - with their diverse Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist practices. By investigating the degree to which Buddhist insights are compatible with Western science and culture, they then consider what each philosophical/psychological system has to offer the other. The contributors reveal how Buddhism has changed the way they practice psychotherapy, choose their research topics, and conduct their personal lives. In doing so, they illuminate the relevance of ancient Buddhist texts to contemporary cultural and psychological dilemmas.
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Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Buddhist Psychology 9
Ch. 2 Close Encounters of a New Kind: Toward an Integration of Psychoanalysis and Buddhism 31
Ch. 3 The Buddha Teaches an Attitude, Not an Affiliation 61
Ch. 4 On Being a Non-Buddhist Buddhist: A Conversation with Myself 75
Ch. 5 Finding the Buddha/Finding the Self: Seeing with the Third Eye 109
Ch. 6 Awakening from the Spell of Reality: Lessons from Nagarjuna 131
Ch. 7 Reflections on Mirroring 143
Ch. 8 Psychotherapy Practice as Buddhist Practice 165
Ch. 9 Buddhism and Western Psychology: An Intellectual Memoir 179
Glossary 197
Contributors 205
Index 207
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