Are You Looking to Buddhism When You Should Be Looking To Therapy?

The ultimate goal of Buddhist practice isn’t about achieving mental health.

By C. W. Hunington, Jr., SPRING 2018 Tricycle

Some 30 years ago Jack Engler published an influential study based on his experience as both a Buddhist meditation teacher and a clinical psychologist. He had discovered over the years that many people who come to Buddhism are looking for the kind of help they ought properly to seek in psychotherapy. “With the ‘triumph of the therapeutic’ in Western culture,” he wrote, there is a tendency in mindfulness meditation to “analyze mental content instead of simply observing it.”

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