Buddhism and Relationship Notes

by Peter Carlson on July 2, 2015

Here are the notes prepared for the just-posted recording of the talk from July 1:BUDDHISM AND RELATIONSHIP NOTES

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No-self and Relationships

by Peter Carlson on July 2, 2015

During this talk, Peter combined insights from contemporary research on the importance of relationship quality during early childhood for cultivating an integrated sense of personality, and how this relates to the Buddhist concept of no-self, that is, the absence of an autonomous ego.  Cultivating secure relationship bonds is an essential part of spiritual practice; this is why the Buddha said “Sangha (spiritual relationship) is the whole of the holy life”.

Next week’s discussion will explore how unwholesome shame, guilt and misperceptions leading to isolation are both obstacles to spiritual growth and opportunities to realize awakening.
The notes prepared for this talk will be posted right after this posting.

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Buddhism and Addiction Notes

by Peter Carlson on June 25, 2015

Here are the notes for the just posted .mp3 file entitled “Buddhism And Addiction June 24 2015″: BUDDHISM AND ADDICTION NOTES

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Buddhism and Addiction

by Peter Carlson on June 25, 2015

During this talk, Peter described the characteristics of addiction, emphasizing the similarities between the functions of addictive behavior beyond substance abuse and the Buddhist realization of the power of craving and clinging to produce suffering.  A graphic illustration was provided to describe the onset of stress and the effects of  stress, compared to the onset of an addictive behavior and the distracting or emotional effects of the behavior.  This linking represents craving and clinging, and the application of the Four Noble Truths were described as a way to reduce and eventually eliminate the need for addictive behavior.  The key factor in this process is to focus on the feeling of stress, disregarding the narrative that comes with it, prior to the activation of the addictive behavior.

The next posting will include the notes prepared for this talk, including the draft showing the link between the experience of stress and the experience of mood altering behaviors.

Next week’s talk will focus on how Buddhist practices can enhance the quality of relationships across the range of casual, momentary encounters to life-long relationships.

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Buddhism and Depression Notes

by Peter Carlson on June 18, 2015

These notes were prepared for the previously posted recording of “Mindfulness And Depression”:  BUDDHISM AND DEPRESSION

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Mindfulness and Depression

Continuing to explore how Buddhist mindfulness and lovingkindness practices can help address mental health issues that are epidemic in our culture, this week’s topic is about the nature of depression from both a modern and Buddhist perspective.  Peter described the general symptoms of depression, and the Buddhist concept of the cause of distress being craving […]

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Anxiety From a Buddhist Perspective

Here are the notes Peter prepared for the previously posted “Buddhism And Anxiety June 10 2015″: ANXIETY FROM A BUDDHIST PERSPECTIVE  The document includes diagnostic criteria for the various significant anxiety disorders.

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