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An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology by De Padmasiri Silva

By De Padmasiri Silva

An advent to Buddhist Psychology is a lucid, intelligible and actual advent to the rules of Buddhist psychology. It offers accomplished insurance of the fundamental recommendations and matters within the psychology of Buddhism and therefore it offers with the character of mental inquiry, ideas of brain, recognition and behavior, motivation, feelings, conception, and the healing constitution of Buddhist psychology. For the fourth variation, a brand new bankruptcy on 'emotional intelligence' and its courting with Buddhism has been added.

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While 'contact' is merely a reaction to stimuli, the emergence of the hedonic tone only appears at the level of feeling. With the emergence of craving and grasping we discern the transition from the state of a feeling into the experience of an emotion. While feeling (vedanii) comes under the standard psychological categories of Buddhism, there is no generic term for emotion. Specific emotions are discussed in a variety of contexts, and the integration of the material on the psychology of emotions in the discourses of the Buddha is an important task.

This would suggest a significant link between the psychology of cognition and that of motivation. Buddhism has been misunderstood as a system of psychology which advocates the 'cutting off' of the senses. In the Discourse on the Development €if the Senses (Indrf1abhiivaniisutta},27 the Buddha says if he lays down the mere cutting down of the senses, then a blind man or a deaf man could achieve his ideal. Rather he advocates the training of the senses, so that external stimuli will not disturb them.

Our minds are cloudy and disturbed, we are the slaves of strong dispositions which cannot be easily broken. To break completely through such limitations calls for the gradual elimination of the obstructing factors. The Buddha has clearly said that both the emergence of proper insight as well as the non-emergence of insight are causally conditioned. What are the factors responsible for the non-emergence of insight? According to the teachings of the Buddha there are two ways of achieving spiritual development: through tranquillity and through insight.

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