“Ladner shows us that by nurturing compassion in our lives, we can discover deep strength, intimacy, and joy.”
“Exercising compassion will begin building an unshakeable happiness. Dr. Ladner’s written a wonderful book.”
“Lorne Ladner is like an inner archeologist brilliantly illuminating the neglected component of personal and global transformation.”
“A helpful, kindhearted, articulate teaching of the way of compassion. Buddhism and Western psychology meet here wisely and beautifully.”
“This book carries the enlightened wisdom to heal relationship problems and mental suffering that trouble our life.”
One of the ways that Buddhism is making its presence known in the West is through a perceived affinity with psychology. Ladner, a psychologist and Buddhist practitioner, presents a way of using time-tested spiritual practices from the Tibetan tradition as aids for psychology professionals and clients to develop a healthier and happier outlook. Dealing specifically with the concept of compassion, Ladner illustrates the Buddhist understanding of this term, which proceeds from the concept of "no-self." This distinguishes it from the altruistic connotation usually applied by Westerners, and, in a therapeutic setting, using the practices described, it allows for a unique uncovering of some essential and health-giving human qualities. The methods of practice are reiterated in a summary, and anecdotal illustrations of their application in Western psychological practice are given throughout. The blending of psychology and Buddhism appears to be inevitable, and there is much debate regarding how this can be achieved without watering down both areas of inquiry. This book provides one nice model for respectful and productive integration; it is an important addition to the growing literature on the meeting of Buddhist practice and Western psychology.-Mark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll. Lib., NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.