Category: Psychology & Personal Growth

New Release: Original Buddhist Psychology

The Abhidharma, one of the three major text collections of the original Buddhist canon, frames the psychological system of Buddhism, explaining the workings of reality and the nature of the human mind. It is composed of detailed matrixes and lists that outline the interaction of consciousness and reality, the essence of perception and experience, and …continue

Busy Moms: How to Show Up for Yourself

In the middle of everyday chaos—sleepless nights, piles of laundry, and the other 85 things competing for your attention—it can be difficult to give yourself permission (or find the time!) to slow down and re-center. Motherhood can be intense: it’s easy to neglect your own needs and forget the importance of self-care. But being a …continue

New Release: The Order Disorder Paradox

That inexplicable funk you sometimes feel after a major life accomplishment? Totally normal paradoxical chaos, according to Nathan Schwartz-Salant the author of The Order-Disorder Paradox. Drawing on nearly five decades of research, Nathan Schwartz-Salant delves into a profound exploration of “the hidden side of change in self and society” and offers compelling insight into how …continue

Meditative Path & Therapeutic Progress

We continue celebrating our women authors with this exclusive author post by Beth Jacobs. Traditionally, there have been very few women in Abhidharma study. Beth Jacobs is the first to discuss the Abhidharma—the original psychological system of Buddhism—and its potential impact on the future of therapy. Based on concepts and intentions fundamentally similar to clinical …continue

Nirvana through Art & Writing, Part 3: The Sacred Siddham Script

While performing the shakyo exercise, if the concentration is on the accurate copying of a sacred text, and the entire body is functioning as one, the strokes just flow through you. It is almost as though you were not the creator, only the conduit through which they form. This continues one step further in Siddham, …continue

Nirvana through Art & Writing, Part 2: Shakyo Calligraphy Exercise

When Buddhism first began in India, its adherents passed along its teachings orally. Eventually, scribes recorded them in Pali and Sanskrit, and when travelers brought the faith to China by means of the Silk Road, the Chinese translated texts and copied sutras. John Stevens wrote the following in his book Sacred Calligraphy of the East: …continue