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Reviews of Toward a Psychology of Awakening
Buddhism, Psychotherapy and the Path of Personal and Spiritual Transformation

I was enlightened and surprised by this book.



Rich, potentially transforming insights abound here. Psychotherapists and spiritual seekers alike will be enriched by this book.

Publishers Weekly


Brilliant and thought-provoking. This ambitious work succeeds so well because it sheds light on the interplay between meditation, inner work, and conscious relationship as a spiritual practice.

Spirituality and Health


Toward a Psychology of Awakening is a gem. Several books have been written in recent years about the relationship between Eastern meditative practice and Western psychotherapy, but few have reached the level of insight and clarity of thought that Welwood achieves here. Welwood does not assume a prior understanding of meditation or psychotherapy on the part of the reader and manages to convey a very clear and readable understanding of both disciplines that should be instructive to the lay person, while at the same time dealing with complex and intricate issues which should be enlightening and challenging to professionals. Few authors have managed to pull this off without either resorting to overly simplistic descriptions, or getting lost in tangled esoteric distinctions. That Welwood manages to achieve this kind of clarity is testament to the depth of his understanding of both Eastern meditative thought and Western psychology. One cannot read this book without feeling both moved and challenged.

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