You can now download for free on Academia.edu The Ultimate Rx: Cutting through the delusion of self-cherishing, the chapter I authored for the newly published Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context and Social Engagement.
Western and Buddhist psychologies acknowledge the significant role distorted self-narratives play in poor mental health. But these two disciplines hold divergent views on the utility of ‘cherishing the self’. Western psychology claims high self-esteem is a requirement for self-confidence, happiness, and success. Buddhist psychology asserts wisdom and compassion are the forerunners of genuine confidence and sustainable personal and collective well-being. It further states that endemic self-cherishing—the habitual reification of distorted hyper-egoic self-narratives—is a primary source of mental and emotional affliction. Yet, Buddhist psychology also affirms the innate capacity of all human beings to end the mental suffering of self-cherishing. This chapter explicates Western and Buddhist psychological models of self, Buddhist theories of not-self and conventional and ultimate self-cherishing, and outlines a somatopsychotherapeutic clinical approach for helping individuals struggling with depressive, anxious, trauma-related symptoms and addictions, to recognize self-cherishing mentation and lessen its deleterious effects.
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Fearless truth-telling by this diverse America!
Many of us are in shock and devastated, fearful of what the next 4 years of Republican leadership with no checks and balances means for our country, our world and our planet. The possibility of complete devolution is a sad reality.
Lest we practitioners forget: meditation is not an intoxicant. Don’t close your eyes and remain deluded. Stand up, fully awake, fully aware of the multitude of suffering, fearlessly knowing the interdependence of all phenomena, all events. None of us are free of culpability for the ignorance, hatred and greed that besets our species. We can be the liberation we are all waiting for.
No words can express my gratitude for Michelle Obama, her wisdom and deep care will be deeply missed. Her courage and strong voice for girls and women empowerment fills my heart.
Here is the link to an excellent dharma talk on climate change given by Jennifer Dungan, a longtime NASA Ames scientist/researcher on climate change.
Her description of the talk is, “We are facing global warming and drastic global climate change. The resulting disruption in the seasonal patterns and the extreme weather events pose threats to all living beings. Jennifer Dungan explores how the concept of non-harming, right action, Brahma Vihara, and the three marks of existence can help a world in which activities that involve fossil fuel perpetuate or worsen climate disruption.”
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