Buddhism is founded on a direct observation of reality. We observe, and help our clients observe, what is true. We can then help them work directly with the causes of suffering. The skills and methods that the Buddha taught 2500 years ago have been used effectively for centuries throughout many cultures to relieve psychological distress.
As Buddhist psychologists we are privileged to practice in a tradition which offers tools which contemporary psychology is just coming to know about.
Buddhist psychology is based on mindfulness, ethical living and an understanding of our inter-dependence with all life. It emphasizes the importance of personal practice for both the psychologist and client. It is fundamentally an affirmative psychology, helping everyone to cultivate kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity.
Complexity theory is recognised as the New Science that conceptualises the universe as a system of communicating systems. As such, everything in the universe is better understood by exploring the dynamic, nonlinear relationships between the parts that make up the whole. Psychoanalytic Complexity Theory provides a new, but familiar contribution to contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice.
“Reliance on God” is one of the spiritual virtues and a major stage in the ascension toward God’s proximity. Its practice is highly recommended for believers (Kor.26:217). Prophet Mohammad is told: “Put your trust in God, He suffices as a guardian” (33:3). Allah also mentions that true believers put their trust in their Lord (Kor. 8:2). God calls Himself dependable, trustworthy, and manifests Himself throughout the Koran accordingly.
The area of spirituality and health is developing as an academic field of enquiry, and this new perspective is beginning to be incorporated into training programs for medical doctors and health practitioners. A cloud of suspicion hovers over the issue of ‘spirituality’ in the health and therapy professions. Part of the problem arises from the fact that a lot of activities go on under the umbrella term spirituality, and some of these warrant a critical eye. However, as an offspring of the Intellectual Enlightenment, medicine itself has had a materialist bias toward human nature, and until recently has merely bracketed out the spiritual aspects of health and healing.