An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology by De Padmasiri Silva

By De Padmasiri Silva

An advent to Buddhist Psychology is a lucid, intelligible, and real creation to the principles of Buddhist psychology. It presents entire insurance of the elemental recommendations and matters within the psychology of Buddhism, and hence it bargains with the character of mental inquiry, options of the brain, awareness and behaviour, motivation, feelings and percentile, and the healing constitution of Buddhist psychology. For the 3rd variation, a brand new bankruptcy at the mind-body courting and Buddhist contextualism has been further.

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The analysis of the roots of ha tred , aggression and the destru ctive urge is also linked to the ethi ca l a nd spir itua l goals of the doctrine. In face, the Budd hist goa l of nibbiif14 was wrongly labelled as a nnih ila tion ism, a nd the Buddha mak es a specific a ttempt 10 differentiat e the two . , in religious contexts has been stud ied. w If the Budd ha was critica l of the ' na rcissistic' character he was eq ually critica l of the ' nemesistic' type where aggression is turned against the self, and his doc trine steers clear of such extremes as self-punishing asceusm.

W It is important to emphasise that the drive for sensuo us gratification goes beyond genital o r ot herwise specifically sexua l pleas ure a nd acco unts for such manifestati ons as the need for d iversion , the craving for excitement and the search for novelty. Kama in the co ntext of Budd hism is the enjoymen t of the five senses, and 'sexuality' is only one of th e expressions of man 's sensuo us na tu re . T he lu re of the senses is constan tly discussed by the Buddha and on nu merous occasions he emp hasises the need to restrai n and control the senses.

Thus greed for B is followed by a h atre~ for A, a nd the desire for B is in turn nour ished by the roo t d e~u s~on . Ha tred can manifest itself in var ious wa ys: by though ts (wishing the person dead ), by harsh words, by aggressive beha viou r. In fac t, ha tred is an emotion whic h has been so generall y condemned by the Budd ha, that it is d ifficult for the Budd hist to 53 An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology MotivaJion and Emotions transformation of th e individual that th e urge to aggression can be tam ed.

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