Psychological reflections on meditation

Sep 29, 2016

One of the most interesting areas of connection between Buddhist practice and Western culture is the dialogue with psychology and psychotherapy. Barry Magid and Tara Brach are two teachers who have made particularly interesting contributions to this conversation. In a series of talks this autumn I am reflecting on their work.

I reflect on questions like:

do we begin meditation with the assumption that there’s something fundamentally wrong with us?

how do we understand ‘radical acceptance’ and the teaching that there’s ‘nothing to fix’ and also appreciate the value of intensive meditation practice?

do we, at times have a ‘secret practice’, unconscious hopes and ideals which we bring to meditation?

Here are my talks

To read more, start with Tara Brach’s Radical Acceptance or Barry Magid’s Ending the Pursuit of Happiness.

Tara’s website

Barry’s website