A Buddhist Approach to Psychology.
“Chögyam Trungpa was the first Buddhist master to present Buddhism in a psychological language that spoke directly to the Western mind. This highly recommended volume, which brings together his penetrating views on Buddhist and Western psychology, will be of great interest to psychotherapists, students of Dharma, and anyone who is concerned with the realtionship between the native sun of awakened wisdom within us and the psychological clouds that obscure its light.”
– John Welwood, author of “Toward a Psychology of Awakening”
Buddhist psychology teaches that all of us are born with “basic sanity”, described by Chögyam Trungpa as basic goodness, healthiness, and wakefulness. Helping ourselves and others to contact this ground of sanity and health is the subject of this book. In twenty articles drawn from “The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa”, the author presents insights into meditation, mind, and psychology that he shared with Western psychologists, psychotherapists, and students of Buddhist meditation in America in the 1970s and ´80s. Fundamentally, the book is about how all of us can strengthen our inherent human sanity, but it also addresses the specific needs of those in profound psychological distress. Additionally, it speaks to the concerns of psychotherapists and other mental health professionals, as well as a general audience interested in the application of Buddhist psychology and meditation to interacting with others in a healing realtionship.