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Toward a Psychology of Awakening: Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and the Path of Personal and Spiritual Transformation Paperback – February 12, 2002
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Many paradigms both East and West aren't necessarily integrative for many modern people. This book is an attempt to provide a more holistic worldview that reconciles psychology with Buddhist insights into human nature, love and transformation.
There is also a good section on relationship as a path. I think this is an important area to address because something arises in intersubjective experience that has emergent qualities that transcend each individual. In other words, things like love, compassion and community. We can only be fully human when we are fully engaged with others in a conscious manner. This book discusses these issues and does a great job of it.
Many people won't find this book an easy read. It contains a lot of material and it explores many ideas in-depth. It also attempts to synthesize a lot of material in a brief space. However, if you have a deep interest in psychology or Buddhism, you will discover a treasure trove of good information and innovative ways of bringing it together.
If you are not very familiar with Western Psychology or Buddhism, but have a deep interest in personal and spiritual growth, you will still get a lot out of this book. However, you may find it a slower read and will undoubtedly have to take time to assimilate all of the concepts. It will be well worth the effort, but this isn't a superficial bedtime story.
Overall, I give this book my highest recommendation. It is original, well-organized, and well thought out. It is an important contribution in the area of psychological and spiritual growth and the relationship between them.
Some good notes about this book is that it began my interest on psycho/spiritual thinkers, and introduced me to focusing. But there are a few problems with his emphasis. For one, he is yet another psycho/spiritual thinker-practitioner who draws a sharp delineation between the traditional inner practices and the western psychologies and emphasis on the personal self. Few thinkers along these lines dare question the sufficiency and effectiveness of the traditional spiritual practices. They can see how practitioners are better served by working directly on their egos with certain psychotherapeutic methods, but do not think about the west and east, non-dualistically.
I would refer the interested person to the works of A.H. Almaas, and some by Jack Kornfield.
I do respect that this book drew me back into the psychological world and planted the seeds on my interest in looking into the field of client-centered pscyhotherapy. But I do believe that a few points need to be emphasised for the east and west to inform each other and the psycho/spiritual dialogue to evolve:
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Luminous, lucid, intellectually rigorous, and poetic, Welwood's exploration of the intersections between the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and suprapersonal is compassionate and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like how the author tries to push and pull east and west back and forth but the synthesis is still a little stiff and forced. Read morePublished 9 months ago by mark fellows
... and 1 star for the patchwork, cumbersome nature and redundancy. A worthy effort and worth the effort. Read morePublished 10 months ago by From the trenches
great philosophical and existential reasoning, and his work is not a simple read. for me, I had to digest some of it before I understood it well enough to move on the next... Read morePublished 15 months ago by diane chavez
A very useful book, marrying views of psychotherapeutical transformaton and redemption with traditional spiritual, and especially Buddhist, thought.Published 16 months ago by M A Smith
A life changing book.
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