By Padmasiri De Silva
This publication, now in its 5th version, offers a entire advent to Buddhist psychology and counselling, exploring key strategies in psychology and useful functions in mindfulness-based counselling thoughts utilizing Buddhist philosophy of brain, psychology, ethics and contemplative methods.
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Extra info for An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology and Counselling: Pathways of Mindfulness-Based Therapies
As one of the four mental aggregates, sankh¯ ˙ ara may be rendered as volition/will, but as a link in the wheel of dependent origination as karmic formation. a may be conscious or unconscious, and they include all reﬂexes and dispositions, these being of three kinds: k¯aya – bodily reﬂexes and dispositions as walking and breathing; vac¯ı – verbal reﬂexes and dispositions; and mano – ideational reﬂexes and dispositions. There is also a third use of sankh¯ ˙ ara to convey the idea that something is conditioned, like all phenomenal existence: all formations are impermanent (sabbe sankh¯ ˙ ar¯a anicc¯a).
Insight into the death and rebirth of beings throughout the cosmos. 3. Insight into the ending of the mental deﬁlements or fermentations (¯asava) within the mind. e. a systematic account of phenomena as they are directly experienced. This insight was exclusively Buddhist, although it was based on the previous two. 22 The ﬁrst knowledge, the regularity of the dhamma, is the causal principle working in the universe and our minds, which is described as the Awakening. The second is the unbinding of it, which really proves the value of the ﬁrst kind of knowledge.
When such alarm bells ring the ﬂightor-ﬁght response emerges. th¯ana), at which level mindfulness may help the individual to restrain, or, if not, they may emerge as impulsive action (v¯ıtikkama). Keith Oatley, well known for his studies on emotion, says that we need to move away from Freud’s archaeological metaphor of excavating the unconscious: The archaeological metaphor was one of Freud’s favourites. 6 There are thoughts which lie between the conscious and the unconscious, and instead of looking for buried conﬂicts, we should focus on the ‘autopilot’ within us, the incessant movement-to-movement ﬂow of thought.
An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology and Counselling: Pathways of Mindfulness-Based Therapies by Padmasiri De Silva