Edited by John Pickering. It offers, in the words of John Pickering from another paper, "a rough approximation of a phenomenological psychology founded on process metaphysics" "Buddhism and Cognitivism: Essays on Buddhism and Psychology.
In another paper, an unelaborated reference to Naagarjuna as "early Buddhist" p. The Authority of Experience: Further meditative experience reveals glimpses of a different mode of knowing and being, a process view of body, mind, emotions and interpersonal relations in which all aspects of experience, previously treated as separate, are seen to form an integrated whole, in which mind and body, cognition and emotion, perceiver and perceived, action and knowing, self and world are no longer separate.
In the final section, Elizabeth Valentine considers private and public validation of knowledge and the contribution of sensory experience, rational thought, and meditative insight, as considered by both Buddhist and scientific epistemologies.
The editor hoped to show that "even though Buddhism and psychology may make different claims to authority they can nonetheless be brought closer together within a systematic and realistic inquiry into experience" p.
In the same paper, a reference to "an unprecedented period of peace and harmony" p. Reviewed by DCandGW compuserve.
Thus, cognitive scientists are turning to Buddhism to explore and appreciate its long history of the exploration of mind. Although, as mentioned, there has been a fair amount published concerning Buddhism and psychotherapy, little has yet appeared concerned with the more fundamental and theoretical questions that are particularly addressed in this book, and it is all the more welcome for this.
From the Buddhist perspective, Padmal de Silva presents a remarkably clear and concise portrait of Buddhist psychology, its relation to Buddhist philosophy and to western psychology, and its possible integration with western psychology and more particularly with psychotherapy.
Sadly, however, many misspellings and typographical errors mar the text. Unlike most such collections which have arisen from colloquia or conferences, these essays were specifically solicited by the editor in an attempt to open up the dialogue between psychology and Buddhism in order to integrate qualitative and phenomenological methods with those of cognitive neuroscience.
To this end, as the title of this collection states, there is in the West an interest in yoking the authority of experience to the authority of science. There is much of value and enjoyment in this collection.
She shows that the idea of mind espoused by cognitive science is that of samsaric mind experienced by beginning meditators. At the same time the new hybrid discipline of cognitive science is attempting to find a rigorous method of exploring consciousness, subjectivity and the phenomenological experience of the world that it has finally understood cannot be omitted from a true and valuable science.
It is thus timely and pleasant to welcome a book of collected papers on this theme from respected academic writers. She uses a Tibetan story to illuminate the difference between an alienated understanding and an enlightened one. Strangely, since most of the published dialogue between Buddhism and psychology has been concerned with the field of psychotherapy, this is not a strong section of the present book.
She considers the implications of such a view for psychology in the hope that, as such, a new mode of knowing is transformative to an individual personally, and it can likewise be transformative to science.
In one essay it appears that the five skandhas are confused with the six sense consciousnesses; reference is made several times to six skandhas.
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AUTHORITY OF EXPERIENCE: Essays on Buddhism and Psychology by John Pickerings Over the past few decades, Buddhism has deepened its presence in the West. The editor hoped to show that "even though Buddhism and psychology may make different claims to authority they can nonetheless be brought closer together within a systematic and realistic inquiry into experience" (p.