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

How can we integrate the spiritual realizations of Buddhism with the psychological insights of the West? How can we reconcile the development of the individual with the spiritual search for what lies beyond the bounded self? John Welwood's latest book addresses this question with extraordinary thoroughness and depth, building on the innovative psychospiritual approach of his previous six books. Welwood's psychology of awakening brings together three major dimensions of human existence- personal, interpersonal, and suprapersonal-that no single tradition, East or West, has ever fully addressed within a single framework of understanding and practice. The implications are enormous. We learn:

  • how the spiritual practices of the East can further psychological health and well-being;
  • how meditative awareness can help us develop more dynamic, spiritually alive relationships;
  • how psychotherapy and spiritual practice can work as allies in helping us awaken to our true nature.
This book is a guide for all those who are interested in integrating the psychological and spiritual sides of human existence and living in a more balanced and harmonious way. The book's first section addresses basic questions about the relationship between psychology and contemplative spirituality. The second explores the practical implicaitons of this convergence for psychological health and healing. The third considers the implications for relationship and community.