Western culture seems to have a long tradition in psychology and psychotherapy, so it seems natural that someone would want to eventually compare the western approach to Buddhist psychology. I have friends who work as clinical psychologists and are Buddhists, and they find ways to subtley incorporate their Buddhist training into their work. Though they try to incorporate what they can, sometimes they remark that the western approach at times seems rather limited.

Understanding Intention

A couple years ago, Jhado Rinpoche came to give a series of lectures at Seattle University. It was sponsored by the Psychology Department and many graduate students had come to attend the talk, which was about “Anxiety.” Rinpoche’s approach to it was very interesting, in that he started by saying that he wasn’t sure he knew exactly what anxiety is, but he would explain some possible causes and conditions for it. Most of his talk was about how intention can affect our states of mind, which I’m sure was an interesting, but different approach to what the psychology students were used to.

I noticed in the series of talks below that His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave at Hardvard about Meditation and Psychotherapy, he takes a similar approach.

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