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Buddhist Psychology. Pollyanna V. Casmar , Ph.D. VASDHS San Diego Spinal Cord Unit. THE PROBLEM IS……. We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are. --The Talmud. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Buddhist PsychologyPollyanna V. Casmar, Ph.D.VASDHS San DiegoSpinal Cord Unit


    We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are. --The Talmud

  • It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power. --Alan Cohen

  • Therapies that include BuddhismDBTMBCT for depressionJon-Kabat Zinns Full Catastrophe LivingACTSiegals work on positive psychologyMindfulness added to any other treatment

  • We are coming to understand health not as the absence of disease, but rather as the process by which individuals maintain their sense of coherence (i.e. sense that life is comprehensible, manageable, and meaningful) and ability to function in the face of changes in themselves and their relationships with their environment. --Aaron Antonovsky

  • WHAT ENLIGHTENMENT IS:A complete understanding of emptiness, resulting in spontaneous compassionate expression. By knowing ultimate reality, one has the skillful means to behave perfectly in conventional reality.

    The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mode of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up. --Charles L. Morgan

  • Foundational Buddhist ConceptsSuffering (3 types)Sickness, aging, deathImpermanence InterdependenceEmptinessCompassionThe two truths: conventional and ultimateMINDFULNESS

  • 3 poisons and 6 perfectionsDesire/Clinging or GreedMoving towardsHatred/AversionMoving AgainstIgnoranceIndifference/Avoidance

    GenerosityPatienceEthicsJoyful PerseveranceConcentrationWisdom

  • The work I do to let go of my suffering diminishes the suffering of the whole universe. When I have room for my own pain, I have room for the pain of others. Only then can I be transformed into joy. As I heal, the Earth heals. --Christiane Northrup

  • Tricky bits that can be revisedGuru yogaKarmaNirvana/SamsaraRebirth/reincarnation6 classes of sentient beingsEnlightenmentPrecepts

  • What is Mindfulness?Of body: Breathing and sensationsOf Feeling: Pleasant, unpleasant or neutralMake sure to assist in distinguishing the physical sensation from the labelled emotional content.Of Mind: Is it Desire, Aversion or Ignorance?Of Mental Objects: Content based: know what to abandon, what to cultivate. 5 hindrances: sense desire, aversion, laziness, restlessness and doubt. Cultivate emptiness of I

  • Voluntary simplicity means going fewer places in one day rather than more, seeing less so I can see more, doing less so I can do more, acquiring less so I can have more. --Jon Kabat-Zinn

  • 7 factors of awakeningMindfulnessInvestigation (and choice)Energy/EnthusiasmJoyTranquility ConcentrationWisdom

  • Biology of MeditationStress reactivity as measured by skin conductance response (meditators have heightened responses then quickly return to baseline, or let go)Increased attention and lack of habituation in practiced meditators for repetitive stimuliFMRI studies being done with the Dalai Lamas grouphttp://www.mindandlife.org/mission.org_section.htmland B. Alan Wallaces grouphttp://sbinstitute.com/

  • Realization and ActualizationUnderstanding emptiness has 10 levelsKnowing bliss or even possessing some of the siddhis does not guarantee personality integration into everyday life.The integration of psychology with spiritual training assists in bringing reality to periods of meditation.for those of us who arent nuns and monks, living in caves!

  • Learning is finding out what we already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you.You are all learners, doers and teachers. --Richard Bach

  • More Information at: http://HeartOfUnderstanding.com