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Buddhism Psychology Midterm Review Page  1  of  20 INTRODUCTION How is Buddhism different? o two different modes of research Psychology: experience in clinical & research Buddhism study mind from inside o meditation (mindful, present with body mind emotions) o alienation from own experience (experience vs. concepts, judgment & habits) ex. eating menus instead of food is not as satisfying General concepts o 3 yanas (concepts) – doesn’t split like Western religions Theravada (SE Asia) Mahayana (E Asia) Vajrayana (early in Japan, latest in Tibet) Shambhala (here and now) Life of the Buddha o Birth technological and social changes farming (surplus food), weapons (bigger states, taxes, war), vehicles (travel, communication) culture contact, ideas, information revolution upheaval, local wars, uncertainty religious wanderers, rival world views (similar to our times) o Early life
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Buddhism Psychology Midterm Review Page  2  of  20 son of king, perfect life, prophecy of the sage to become either religious leader of governor protected by his dad had everything he could possibly have security food beauty skills, athletic ability entertainment companions health perfect wife & son but the man who had everything, wasn’t satisfied… o First journey sick man old man dead man religious monk o First Journey wanders & joins religious ferment mediates, attains to what he’s supposed to do rejects meditations of those days – Buddha thinks it doesn’t work! Motive o approach (desire, passion greed)
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Buddhism Psychology Midterm Review Page  3  of  20 Action o avoidance (fear/flight, anger, aggression) Attractor principles o ignorance all three are like hanging a carrot in front of a donkey – he never gets it even though it’s there everything hopeless? No…he remembers that man who saw fate of all wasn’t despaired man who found withdrawl and came back enlightenment
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Buddhism Psychology Midterm Review Page  4  of  20 MEDITATION Vipassana meditation Vipassana : insight, clear seeing Mindfulness : present with your experience with deeper mind, wisdom mind, not conceptual mindfulness lets you see what your mind/body/emotions/being are actually doing o Origins Post colonial revival in SE Asia o Types Body Scan ( Goenka ) Peaceful abiding ( shamatha ): mind abides peacefully with contents Wisdom/Insight ( vipassane proper ): mind naturally has insight into nature/content o Techniques & Ground rules discovery not invention find, settle into, what is already there you settle into yourself inclusiveness
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Buddhism Psychology Midterm Review Page  5  of  20 you can’t go wrong with this doesn’t fix anything, not like therapies inclusion with friendliness not a battle how to do it not too tight, not too loose no Olympic gold medalist in meditation
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