Cultivating Mindfulness in Relationship

While ID is an accessible practice that brings important resources to therapist training and the development of the therapeutic relation- ship, it remains deeply rooted in the larger context of Buddhism. This larger context also has important contributions to make to the practice of therapy. At the simplest level, Buddhism can be considered as a sophisticated psychology, tested over millennia. We give some attention to how this ancient psychology can extend, deepen, and clarify the con- temporary secular and Western understandings of mindfulness.

A clear impression of ID practice will lay the foundation for considering how this new practice can enhance the quality of the therapist–client relationship. Continue reading

Dharma Contemplation: Soaking ourselves in the words of the Buddha

Dharma Contemplation: Soaking ourselves in the words of the Buddha   Written by Gregory Kramer   As interest in Buddhist teachings becomes more mainstream, many people are beginning to feel a yearning for encounters with the Dhamma that are as close as possible to the source, possibly less colored by contemporary interpretations or emphases. While … Continue reading

Dharma Contemplation: Meditating Together with Wisdom Texts

MEDITATING TOGETHER WITH WISDOM TEXTS
Dharma Contemplation is both a reading practice and a meditation practice. As a reading practice, it brings the discipline and techniques of meditation to the task of understanding a text and embracing the wisdom it offers. As a meditation practice, it takes the process of reading as the object of contemplation for the heart-mind. Both the words and the wisdom to which they point help focus the mind, supporting calm awareness and the recognition and release of reactions. Dharma Contemplation cultivates intimacy with the text and with moment-to-moment experience. Continue reading

Living the Teachings

Dhamma is nothing other than natural law. Buddhadhamma is a system for describing this natural law and acting in harmony with it. Natural law just happens; the Buddhadhamma is constructed. Because the Buddhadhamma is constructed, it is culturally conditioned. Many elements of this body of teachings conform closely to the natural laws of the human … Continue reading