We are pleased to present a valuable book written by a fellow practitioner of meditation.
I first met Prof. Padmasiri De Silva some years ago at a residential meditation retreat conducted by Most Ven. U. Dhammajiva Maha Thero in Melbourne, Australia. In fact the Prof. has dedicated this 5th edition of his popular book to his meditation teacher, Most Ven. U. Dhammajiva Maha Thero.
Most Ven. U. Dhammajiva Maha Thero has referred to Prof. De Silva in a number of his Dhamma Talks and discussions. Prof. Padmasiri De Silva is an eminent Scholar in addition to being a practising Counsellor. Before leaving Sri Lanka he worked as the Prof. and Head of the Dept. of Philosophy & Psychology at the University of Peradeniya from 1980 – 1989. After that he held positions at the National University of Singapore, the University of Waikato, New Zealand and as a visiting Prof. at the University of Pittsburgh, USA.
This book, now in its fifth edition, provides a comprehensive introduction to Buddhist psychology and counselling, exploring key concepts in psychology and practical applications in mindfulness-based counselling techniques. This integrated study uses Buddhist philosophy of mind, psychology, ethics and contemplative methods to focus on the ’emotional rhythm of our lives’, opening up new avenues for mental health.
Prof. De Silva presents a range of management techniques for mental health issues including stress, anger, depression, addictions and grief. He moves beyond the restriction of mental health issues to ‘damage control’, instead encouraging personal growth and positive emotions of compassion, forgiveness, generosity, equanimity and, ultimately, emotional balance.
The book blends Western psychology and philosophy and ancient wisdom and contemporary thought to provide a key contribution to cognitive sciences, emotion studies, moral psychology and psychotherapy counselling. This new edition contains nine new chapters and an additional second part which focuses on counselling and mindfulness-based techniques in therapy.
This book is now available as an ebook from Amazon.com. Given below is a link to the book: An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology and Counselling: Pathways of Mindfulness-Based Therapies
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An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology and Counselling