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By De Padmasiri Silva

ISBN-10: 0742508560

ISBN-13: 9780742508569

An creation to Buddhist Psychology is a lucid, intelligible, and real creation to the principles of Buddhist psychology. It offers entire assurance of the fundamental strategies and concerns within the psychology of Buddhism, and hence it bargains with the character of mental inquiry, thoughts of the brain, attention 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 extra.

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Even in the perfected araha t (sain9 . the need for food is recogn ised. In condemning the way of asceucrsm, the Buddha was stri king a midd le path accord ing to which basic human needs should not be neglected . O n the whole, the recornmende uons for the monk are more str ingent than for the layman , bu t even for the monk the val ue or' ph ysical well-be ing as a pr erequ isite for th e developm ent of the mind was accepted by the Budd ha . However the need for food ma y be converted into an excessive greed for it: and glutto ny can be both bod ily and psycho~ogic~ly harmful.

1 reA~ctions may be explained on the basis of these twenty maru~estat~ons of the e~o­ illusion . e ideal ists wo uld identify the self wit h co nscio usness, a nd so on . It IS not me rely the false view itself tha t ma tters, ~ut a strong attac hmen t to it . Thus the instinct fo r self-asser tion, power and selfaggra nd isemen t as well as self_pe rpetua tio n would feed the eterna list view of th e self. To cite a n exa mple from psycho logica l writings, an identification of the body with self can be illustra ted with the m~th of N arci~us, a beautiful youth in mythology who loved no o ne ull he saw his own bod y reflected in wa ter .

M~ for ~nse­ gratification . Man 's craving may t>c: exc~ted by stimuli either til the form of soma tic factors or sensory stimuli, but ItS roots a re of a deep. rooted psychological nature. When a person's passions are mused, there emerges a kind of tenacity to hold on to these pleasures. This ~s the emerg~nc~ of clinging (upiidaM ). y a) will already have been excited . T he pu rsuit of pleasure IS fed by such und ercurrents. . Wh en one is und er the spell of the dri ve for senSUOUS gratl~ catlon , one can never get out of the vicious circle of 'want, tension a nd satisfaction' .

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