The Wise Heart - A guide to the universal teachings of Buddhist psychology
How much do I want to read more? 8/10
I didn't actually start reading the book. But I'm interested to read on. It seems like this book embrace the whole teaching and essence of the Buddha, plus the author has a psychology background.
Buddhist teachings are not a religion, they are a science of mind.
—- THE DALAI LAMA
I was full of ideas and hopes that Buddhist teachings would help me, maybe even lead me to become enlightened.
I took monk’s vows. Over the next three years I was introduced to the practices of mindfulness, generosity, loving-kindness, and integrity, which are at the heart of Buddhist training. That was the beginning of a lifetime journey with Buddhist teachings.
This written tradition is a great storehouse of wisdom, a profound exploration of the human mind, but it is not easily accessible to Westerners.
I have become part of a generation of Buddhist elders that includes Pema Chödrön, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Thich Nhat Hanh, and others who have helped to introduce Buddhist teachings widely in the West.
I returned from Asia and encountered problems that had not come up in the monastery. I had difficulties with my girlfriend, with my family, with money and livelihood, with making my way as a young man in the world. I discovered that I could not use silent meditation alone to transform my problems.
I entered graduate school in psychology and sought out practice and training in a variety of therapeutic approaches: Reichian, analytic, Gestalt, psychodrama, Jungian.
meditation is quite natural. Simply directing your attention in a careful, considered way is the beginning.
- Part I explains the Buddhist vision of mental health and consciousness.
- Part II details healing and awakening through the practices of mindfulness
- Part III is devoted to the transformation of unhealthy emotions.
- Part IV outlines a broad range of Buddhist psychological tools, from the power of concentration and visualization to sophisticated cognitive trainings and transformative social practices.
- Part V explores the highest possibilities of development, extreme mental well-being, and liberation.
begin with the practices that you feel will best serve your heart. If you give yourself to them for a period of time, you will find that they transform your perspective and your way of being in the world.
It is an urgent task for the psychology of our time to understand and foster the highest possibilities of human development. The suffering and happiness in our world, both individual and collective, depend on our consciousness.
I - Who are you really?
1- NOBILITY - OUR ORIGINAL GOODNESS
O Nobly Born, O you of glorious origins, remember your radiant true nature, the essence of mind. Trust it. Return to it. It is home.
—- Tibetan Book of the Dead
Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in the eyes of the Divine. If only they could all see themselves as they really are. If only we could see each other that way all the time. There would be no more war, no more hatred, no more cruelty, no more greed…. I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worship each other.
—- Thomas Merton