By M. Bazzano
This choice of essays through prime exponents of up to date Buddhism and psychotherapy brings jointly appreciation and important evaluate of Mindfulness, a phenomenon that has swept the psychological overall healthiness box over the past 20 years. The sheer range and intensity of workmanship assembled the following remove darkness from the present presentation of Mindfulness.
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It is not a technique, so much as a quality of mind. As such, in its original context, it can be seen as the foundation of spiritual practice, but also as its culmination. In the therapeutic arena it offers tools that likewise may start a person on a path that can later bring increasing depth and insight. Thus, mindfulness practices offer a method that can be revisited on many levels. With the growth of mindfulness-based therapies, it is to be hoped that this reappraisal and rediscovery of the core spirit of the teaching continues.
Mindfulness teaching is therefore deeply embedded within the whole understanding of the Buddhist tradition. In this context, to interpret mindfulness simply as a practice of awareness in the present moment would be to overlook a large proportion of this core text. Other-centred Theory The other-centred approach offers a model of psychotherapy that is grounded in the Buddhist understanding of the mind and human process. Based on an appreciation of the way in which ordinary human perception is conditioned and our experience of the world distorted through our search for security, it aims to explore the roots of that conditioning and to facilitate a more direct encounter with the world as it is, free from the colouration imposed by our mental insecurity.
In the light of the Four Tasks, meditation is the ongoing cultivation of a sensibility, a way of attending to every aspect of experience within a framework of ethical values. I do not dispute that monks and yogins in Buddhist cultures have developed spiritual technologies to a high degree in the course of their history, resulting in levels of mental reﬁnement, control and absorption that may seem incredible to modern Westerners. Yet, from a Buddhist perspective, the value of these attainments lies not in the fact that The Everyday Sublime 39 they are humanly possible, but whether they contribute to the practice of the Four Tasks.