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The Misleading Mind: How We Create Our Own Problems and How Buddhist Psychology Can Help Us Solve Them Paperback – March 6, 2012
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Rasmus Hougaard, managing director of the Potential Project
Karuna Cayton's analysis and method in The Misleading Mind are well thought-out and should be a great help to readers.”
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition
The Misleading Mind is a self-help manual full of accurate descriptions of traditional Buddhist teachings, recipes for mental health, and a map of the paths leading to a productive and well-balanced life.”
Jeffrey Hopkins, professor emeritus at the University of Virginia and president of the UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies
The Misleading Mind shares the profound depth of Buddhist psychological wisdom in a wonderfully inviting and accessible way. I highly recommend it.”
Peter Fenner, PhD, teacher and author of Radiant Mind
Through his many years of deep study of Buddhist psychology, sincere introspection, and work at helping others, Karuna Cayton has gained genuine wisdom, which he generously shares in The Misleading Mind....This is a clear, grounded, and useful guidebook for working with the mind and heart.”
Lorne Ladner, PhD, psychologist and author of The Lost Art of Compassion
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"It is odd that we can describe our hands or our face but if we're asked to describe our mind we can only offer vague, nebulous descriptions. That's because, not examining the mind, we don't know the mind. Knowing how our mind really functions is the first step to mental balance and health and, yes, greater happiness. We need to become explorers - curious about our idea of self, our mind, our emotions, how they function and how we can master them. As such, we'll seek the knowledge, contemplation, and wisdom to become our own best therapist. Our discoveries become the pathway to solving our problems and revealing a happier and healthier way of being."
The ideas covered in The Misleading Mind will not come as anything new to those who have even casually perused the Buddha's teachings. However, in approaching them from the perspective of people with no knowledge at all of suffering and the causes of suffering as understood by Buddhists, Cayton has illuminated corners that may not have been examined even by long-term practitioners. These principles are presented in a way that is accessible to non-Buddhists, and at the same time can profitably be considered by experienced students.
Finally, unlike many writers, Cayton does not minimize the need for continuous, long-term work to effect the changes he promises.Read more ›
One significant difference in Cayton's book from others one may find in the same area of the bookstore is an open and clear understanding that "... mind training is not necessarily a religious or spiritual practice. It does not rest on accepting certain religious beliefs or adopting particular terminology. It can be used successfully as an entirely secular practice, or it can be incorporated as a deliverate spiritual practice within any religion." With those words he shows that this is not just for "Buddhists", but anyone. Readers should find this wonderfully appealing and different from the usual books laden with Sanskrit, Pali, or Tibetan terms that are meaningless to a modern secular audience.
Cayton is also unabashed in his confidence that "... training our mind and healing ourselves are, I would argue, the only way to bring lasting change to the world around us. We can only do this when we drop blame and simply become accountable for subduing and training our minds and mental attitudes." With that master stroke, he challenges the reader to the sometimes difficult work of personal development, and lays out the goal of societal transformation.
The book is happily provided with exercises, and is written in an easy to digest prose that complements the message of engagement with a contemplative practice. Absolutely worth it!
I hope to read more from this author in the future.
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Excellent book, insightful and extremely helpful in my quest to approach my problems from a Buddhist perspective.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Author seems like a warm person with a good heart. Information is most likely helpful to readers who like story examples. Read morePublished 4 months ago by White Crane
Expands on the tenets of Buddhism in a very personal, conversational and relaxed way. Mind training doesn't have to be torturous, it's simply listening to one's self with equal... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Eli A
The Author in The Misleading Mind, takes you on an thought provoking and unforgettable journey.Published 6 months ago by Debra
One of the best written books in this category! Easier to understand... clear plain English....many useful ideas in this book.Published 9 months ago by Book lover
A great "intro to Buddhist thought," The Misleading Mind not only offers a wonderful synthesis of the way Buddhist philosophy understands the human mind, but it also... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tucker