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.