Author: Gay WatsonPublisher: Motilal BanarsidassYear: 2001Language: EnglishPages: 317ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120818083
This book will be of great interest to those concerned with the translation of Buddhism into contemporary life and also to students of psychotherapy and its expansion, particularly into spiritual and transpersonal dimensions.This book presents an exploration of Buddhist philosophy and practice as a potential resource for an approach to psychotherapy which is responsive to the needs of its time and context, and attempts to open up a three-way dialogue between Buddhism, psychotherapy and contemporary discourse to reveal a meaningful theory and practice for a contemporary psychotherapy. What is unique about this book is that it raises the question of what it is in Buddhism itself that provides such a rich resource for psychotherapy. Gay watson firmly places her exploration of these themes within the context of contemporary life and thought, as a response to the pathologies, physical and intellectual, of our time.Organized according to the traditional Tibetan plan of Ground, path and fruition, the book first presents a brief survey of Western psychotherapies followed by an introduction to Buddhist view, with particular reference to those most relevant to psychotherapy. Path considers the two major branches of the Buddhist way, ethics and meditation, in the context of contemporary life and psychotherapy. Fruition compares the goal of Buddhism and Psychotherapy and subsequently explores the implications of adopting Buddhist influence in the light of contemporary discourse and the experienced domains of body, speech and mind. Finally, the lineaments of a contemporary Buddhist-inspired psychotherapy are suggested.The book will be of great interest to those concerned with the translation of Buddhism into contemporary life and also to students of psychotherapy and its expansion, particularly into spiritual and transpersonal dimensions.
AcknowledgementsCHAPTER ONE : INTRODUCTIONBuddhism and PsychotherapyBuddhism and the Contemporary HorizonBuddhism as an Inspiration for a Contemporary PsychotherapyContentions and IntentionsPART ONEGROUND : Theoretical ConsiderationPREAMBLE : Experience and MeaningCHAPTER TWO : WESTERN PSYCHOTHERAPIESPsychoanalysisCongnitive-Behavioural PsychotherapyExistential and Humanistic PsychotherapiesTranspersonal PsychotherapyThe Integrative PerspectiveCHAPTER THREE : THE BUDDHIST VIEWThe Four Noble Truths and Dependent Origination EmptinessWestern Interpretations of EmptinessEmptiness as a WayBuddhist Epistemology and PsychologyBuddha NatureCHAPTER FOUR : THE "CONCIOUSNESS THE VIEWS" : SOME IDEA OF THE SELFThe Buddhist view of the selfSome Western Views on the Development of ConsciousnessViews of the self in Contemporary DiscourseThe Self in PsychotherapyConclusionPART TWO : PATHPREAMBLE : PathBuddhist EthicsEthics and PsychotherapySome Contemporary Western Views of EthicsConclusionsCHAPTER SIX : MeditationBuddhist MeditationLessons for Psychotherapy : The Therapist's PerspectiveMeditation and the ClientMeditation in the Therapeutic EncounterConclusionsPART THREEFRUITION : Goals and ImplicationsCHAPTER SEVEN : GOALThe Buddhist GoalGoals in PsychotherapyContrastsCHAPTER EIGHT : IMPLICATIONSEMBODIMENTEmbodiment in BuddhismBody in Contemporary Western ThoughtConclusionSPEECHSpeech in BuddhismContemporary Ideas of Speech in the WestImagination and MetaphorThe Feminine VoiceConclusionMINDInterrelationshipNon-EgocentrismAnswer to NihilismPART FOUR : ConclusionsCHAPTER NINE : TOWARDS AN EMPTY FULLNESSNotesBibliographyIndex