JOURNEY INTO CONSCIOUSNESS: The Chakras, Tantra and Jungian Psychology by Charles Breaux
Each chapter includes a meditation practice employing Tibetan Tantric Deities and procedures. Although not a substitute for a genuine Tantric teacher, the book will enable readers to experience the Tantra through suggested meditation.
LOST ART OF COMPASSION: Discovering the Practice of Happiness in the Meeting of Buddhism and Psychology by Lorne Ladner
Modern culture has overlooked one of the most powerful inner resources for creating a life of happiness and contentment. With The Lost Art of Compassion, clinical psychologist and longtime Tibetan Buddhist practitioner Lorne Ladner rescues compassion from the margins and demonstrates its potential to transform our daily lives.
OPEN TO DESIRE: Embracing a Lust for Life. Insights from Buddhism & Psychotherapy by Mark Epstein, M.D
It is common in both Buddhism and Freudian psychoanalysis to treat desire as the root of all suffering and problems, but psychiatrist Mark Epstein believes this to be a grave misunderstanding. In his defense of desire, he makes clear that it is the key to deepening intimacy with ourselves, one another, and our world. An enlightening tapestry of psychotherapeutic practice, contemporary case studies, Buddhist insight, and narratives as diverse as the Ramayana and Sufi parables, Open to Desire brings a refreshing new perspective to humanity's most paradoxical emotion.
PSYCHOANALYSIS AND BUDDHISM: An Unfolding Dialogue by Jeremy D. Safran
"What a wonderful book! Jeremy Safran has assembled an absolutely stellar group of writers and has himself contributed an illuminating introduction. The essays are riveting, one after another after another, and the book is the rare edited collection with real thematic unity. If you think you might have an interest in the intersection of psychoanalysis and buddhism, this is the place to start. If you already know you're interested, once you look at the table of contents you'll find (at least I did) that you want to let Psychoanalysis and Buddhism displace whatever you were going to read next."
THE SANITY WE ARE BORN WITH: A Buddhist Approach to Psychology by Chogyam Trungpa
Presents insights into psychology, meditation, and mind that Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche shared with Western psychotherapists, and Buddhists. The book tells how we can strengthen our inherent human sanity, how to apply Buddhist psychology in healing relationships, and also addresses the specific needs of those in psychological distress.
THE ESSENCE OF JUNG'S PSYCHOLOGY AND TIBETAN BUDDHISM: Western and Eastern Paths to the Heart by Radmila Moacanin
This expanded edition includes new material on the integration of the two traditions, and the importance of these paths in today's unsteady world. The author explores the collective unconscious and karma, archetypes and deities, the analyst and the spiritual friend, tantra and mandalas.
FROM REDUCTIONISM TO CREATIVITY: Rdzogs-Chen and the New Sciences of Mind by Jeremy W. Hayward, fore. by Robert Thurman
"Dr. Herbert V. Guenther, foremost scholar and translator of Buddhism, has long been most forthright in his insistence that, as a living tradition, Buddhism must be communicated in the living language of our time. Rather than entombing Buddhism in concepts appropriate for another era, he has offered us translations and commentaries that, while being strictly faithful to the meaning of the originals, have been framed in contemporary language. Buddhism is the study of mind - its essence, nature, and functioning - and as scientists begin to turn their attention to mind, it is not surprising that we find a wealth of insight in the traditional Buddhist texts that are directly relevant to the scientific study of mind."
BALANCING THE MIND: A Tibetan Buddhist Approach to Refining Attention by B. Alan Wallace
For centuries Tibetan Buddhist contemplatives have directly explored consciousness through carefully honed rigorous techniques of meditation. B. Allan Wallace explains the methods and experiences of Tibetan practitioners and compares these with investigations of consciousness by Western scientists and philosophers. Balancing the Mind includes a translation of the classic discussion by fifeenth-century Tibetan contemplative Tsongkhapa of methods for developing exceptionally high degrees of attentional stability and clarity. (This book is a re-release of Bridge of Quiesence).
CHOOSING REALITY: A Buddhist View of Physics and the Mind, 2nd ed. by B. Alan Wallace
For Centuries Scientists and Philosophers have pondered the relationship between scientific theory and reality. Some have argued the "realist" position that science presents our best approximation of the natural world as it exists independently of human language and concepts. Others have long countered that humanity has no way of fathoming any reality independently of our modes of observation and conceptual frameworks. In their "instrumentalist" view, scientific theories simply make empirical evidence intelligible, without corresponding to any independent reality.
Analyzing both these positions, B. Alan Wallace points out the many assumptions required to adopt the realist view, and the nihilism implicit in the instrumentalist position. He then proposes a radical philosophical alternative based upon the Buddhist Centrist view. Avoiding the pitfalls of both realism and instrumentalism, as well as materialism and idealism, this perspective focuses on the participatory nature of scientific observation and theorizing. All phenomena are seen as dependently related events lending themselves to multiple interpretations, providing us with the freedom and responsibility to choose our reality within the context of valid experience. The concluding chapters of this provocative work explore the implications of this view for understanding the nature of the mind and its relation to the body.