This talk describes how craving and clinging generate and sustain depressive thought processes. Peter has used Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy as part of his psychotherapy practice for over 30 years and uses a combination of classical Buddhist concepts and contemporary research on cognition to explain how mindfulness of breathing and lovingkindness practices can be beneficial in overcoming this mental health disturbance, which is epidemic in current American life.
Here are the notes prepared for this talk: BUDDHISM AND DEPRESSION
Next week’s talk will focus on Dukkha and Addiction. Peter regards addiction as extending beyond substance abuse to problematic behaviors, that is, maladaptive responses to stressful experience.