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The Positive Psychology of Buddhism and Yoga: Paths to a Mature Happiness / Edition 2
     

The Positive Psychology of Buddhism and Yoga: Paths to a Mature Happiness / Edition 2

by Marvin Levine
 

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ISBN-10: 1848728506

ISBN-13: 9781848728509

Pub. Date: 07/14/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book describes Buddhist-Yogic ideas in relation to those of contemporary Western psychology. The book begins with the Buddhist view of the human psyche and of the human condition. This leads to the question of what psychological changes need to be made to improve that condition. Similarities between Buddhism and Western Psychology include:

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Overview

This book describes Buddhist-Yogic ideas in relation to those of contemporary Western psychology. The book begins with the Buddhist view of the human psyche and of the human condition. This leads to the question of what psychological changes need to be made to improve that condition. Similarities between Buddhism and Western Psychology include:

Both are concerned with alleviating inner pain, turmoil, affliction and suffering.

Both are humanistic and naturalistic in that they focus on the human condition and interpret it in natural terms.

Both view the human being as caught in a causal framework, in a matrix of forces such as cravings or drives which are produced by both our biology and our beliefs.

Both teach the appropriatenss of compassion, concern and unconditional positive regard towards others.

Both share the ideal of maturing or growth. In the East and the West, this is interpreted as greater self possession, diminished cravings and agitations, less impulsivity and deeper observations which permit us to monitor and change our thoughts and emotional states.

Buddhism, Yoga, and Western Psychology, especially the recent emphasis on positive psychology, are concerned with the attainment of deep and lasting happiness. The thesis of all three is that self-transformation is the surest path to this happiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848728509
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/14/2009
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
0.60(w) x 0.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword. Introduction. Part I: Buddhism. King Ashoka's Question: What Is Your Secret? Maturity and Serenity. The Story of Siddhartha. The Hindu Context. The Core of the Buddha's Teachings. The Noble Truth of Dukkha (Suffering), Part 1: Suffering and Transitoriness. The Noble Truth of Dukkha, Part 2: Caught in the Causal Matrix. The Noble Truth of Tanha (Craving). The Noble Truth of Nirvana (Liberation), Part 1: Conquer the Beasts Within. The Noble Truth of Nirvana, Part 2: The Nature of Attachment. The Buddha: The Compassionate One. Supermaturity. Anatman Reconsidered: You Are Not Your Mind. The Noble Truth of Magga (The Path), Part 1: Wisdom and Ethics. The Noble Truth of Magga, Part 2: Mental Discipline. Poetry Interlude No. 1: Transcending. Part II: Yoga. Yoga and Buddhism. I Discover Hatha Yoga. Savarasana. The Yogic State, Part 1: Immersion. The Yogic State, Part 2: Transforming Judgment. The Yogic State, Part 3: Life Is Where You Find It. Yogic Theory: The Unenlightened Mind. The Eight Angas, Part 1: The Practices. The Eight Angas, Part 2: The Experiences. Yogic Theory: The Enlightened Mind. Poetry Interlude No. 2: Prelude. Part III: Extended Supplements. Buddhism, Yoga, and Western Psychology. Mindfulness and Right Thoughts. Problem Solving as Compassionate Action. Empathic Assertiveness as Right Speech. Poetry Interlude No. 3: The Bequest. Part IV: Handling Anger. The Nature of Anger. Anger: Assumptions and Levels of Expression. A Schematic, Physiological Model. General Methods for Decreasing Anger. Specific Methods, Part 1: Right Views of Others. Specific Methods, Part 2: Changing One's Own Attitudes. Specific Methods, Part 3: When Anger Occurs. Afterword.

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