By Padmasiri De Silva
This booklet, now in its 5th version, presents a finished creation to Buddhist psychology and counselling, exploring key ideas in psychology and useful purposes in mindfulness-based counselling options utilizing Buddhist philosophy of brain, psychology, ethics and contemplative methods.
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During recent times, the concept of ethical realism has brought out interesting linkages between the psychology and the ethics of motivation that we need to integrate into our understanding of motivation concepts in Buddhism. In a study of the psychological foundations of happiness and well-being it has been observed: ‘Human beings are powerfully driven by systems of desire, which become attached to material possessions and social status. 1 As the Buddha observed, ‘To wish for something and not get it is suffering 2 ‘(yam p’ iccham .
On one side, there is normative ethics. 16 They say that normative ethics is constrained by psychology. In defending their central thesis, they say that every traditional moral theory presupposes a theory of the structure of character and agency; proponents of each theory, while justifying their theory conceive morality in a way that can motivate agents and guide practical deliberation; and traditional moral theories have been criticised for being very utopian in their outlook. A number of articles in this work attempt to support the idea of constraining normative reﬂection by psychological knowledge.
18 From the mutual nourishment of the intellectual and the affective roots of egocentricity emerge the diverse manifestations of egoistic behaviour – the desire for self-preservation, self-continuity, self-assertion and power, fame and self-display. It is important that on psychological and ethical grounds there is a difference between a healthy self-regarding attitude – looking after one’s health, one’s job and family – and self-aggrandisement and aggression. There are also self-transcending activities such as generosity, helping others in distress and spiritual activities.
An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology and Counselling: Pathways of Mindfulness-Based Therapies by Padmasiri De Silva