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Pilgrimage as a rite of passage and as therapy.
Buddhist psychotherapy, which has been adopted in the last several decades, is a novel approach to the clinical practice of mental health. It combines aspects of conventional psychotherapy with traditional Buddhist psychological theory and practice. Because there are several sub-schools of psychotherapy and Buddhism from which to integrate, there currently is no single formalized clinical […]
The nearly half century dialogue between Buddhism and Western psychology has created a potential forum for a mutually enriching exchange. It has also raised productive questions about the points of overlap and dissonance between the two traditions. One of the most apparent differences is in the way these disciplines relate to the self. Psychotherapy emphasizes […]
POLITICS & PRACTICE / What can activists learn from the contemplative tradition and what can contemplatives learn from activists? How do we balance our own emotional triggers so as to remain skillful in political action? What is the relationship between recapitulated emotional traumas and styles of political engagement? Contemplative Psychotherapist and Assistant Director of the Nalanda Institute, Dr. Miles Neale responds to these questions and more in today's episode of SADHAKA. Miles is the 5th guest in this 5-day series exploring the intersection of yoga, spirituality, and politics
So, what is mindfulness? Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as "the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment to moment."
Over the last several decades, the popularity of yoga has grown tremendously in the West. An emerging need to manage the stress and dissatisfaction of busy lives by looking inward for peace and stillness has motivated many to participate in the yoga revolution, which has become a multibilliondollar industry in America. People of all ages […]

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