A definitive textbook on Buddhist psychology for mental health professionals

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Effortless Mindfulness: Genuine mental health through awakened presence
Author Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP
Forewords by Anam Thubten Rinpoche and Ronald D. Siegel, PhD
Publisher: Routledge March 29, 2014
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Lisa Dale Miller’s book is an essential read for those seeking to separate mindfulness facts from mindless fictions and for all psychotherapists interested in using mindfulness techniques in practice… Miller’s book is a delightful, educative read that turns psychologists’ attention to the often overlooked theoretical underpinnings of our work, as well as a thought-provoking reminder to ponder the essential questions that are at the philosophical core of our practices. She offers the entire field of mental health an invaluable service.” American Psychological Association PsychCRITIQUES

“This book is awesome. I have waited a long time for someone to articulate this at the level of resolution that you are doing referent to all the various dharma streams. Thank you for writing your groundbreaking book bringing the conversation about the classical Dharma world and its relationship to genuine mental health to this next level. I hope it is very widely read and studied.”  Jon Kabat-Zinn

More reviews of the book, Lisa’s Awakened Presence Psychotherapy™ methodology and training information can be found at: awakenedpresence.com

Effortless Mindfulness promotes genuine mental health through the direct experience of awakened presence—an effortlessly embodied, fearless understanding of and interaction with the way things truly are. This book offers a uniquely modern Buddhist psychological understanding of mental health disorders through a scholarly, yet clinically useful presentation of Theravada, Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna Buddhist teachings and practices. Written specifically for Western psychotherapeutic professionals, the book brings together traditional Buddhist theory and contemporary psycho-neuro-bio-social research to describe the conditioned and unconditioned mind. This in-depth exploration of Buddhist psychology includes complete instructions for psychotherapists in authentic, clinically appropriate Buddhist mindfulness/heartfulness practices and Buddhist psychological inquiry skills. The book also features interviews with an esteemed collection of Buddhist teachers, scholars, meditation researchers and Buddhist-inspired clinicians. While written primarily for clinicians, anyone interested in psychophysical well-being will benefit from the material in this book.


Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP, is licensed to practice psychotherapy in California, New York and Oregon. She specializes in Integrative Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing Therapy for complex trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, stress disorders and relational discord. She is the author of a highly regarded textbook on Buddhist psychology for mental health professionals, Effortless Mindfulness: Genuine mental health through awakened presence and a recent chapter in The Handbook of Mindfulness: Society, Culture and Context. Lisa has been an outpatient clinician for the Veterans Administration San Jose where she also taught Mindfulness-based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) for addiction. Her greatest joy is training clinicians in the applications of mindfulness and Buddhist psychology. She is a dharma teacher and has been a yogic and Buddhist meditation practitioner for over four decades. She has also been an internationally exhibited visual artist.

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