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By Polly Young-Eisendrath, Shoji Muramoto

Buddhism first got here to the West many centuries in the past throughout the Greeks, who additionally inspired a few of the tradition and practices of Indian Buddhism. As Buddhism has unfold past India, it has continually been plagued by the indigenous traditions of its new houses. whilst Buddhism seemed in the United States and Europe within the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, it encountered modern psychology and psychotherapy, instead of non secular traditions. because the Nineteen Nineties, many efforts were made by way of Westerners to investigate and combine the similarities and alterations among Buddhism and it healing ancestors, fairly Jungian psychology.

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The self, ignorant of this fact, is ceaselessly driven by restless desire and thus cannot avoid experiencing dukkha. Nor can the self do anything to free itself from dukkha. We are unable to free ourselves from the constant threat of death even in the most intense living, unable to be free of illness even in our healthiest state, unable to extricate ourselves from pain even in our most pleasurable moments. In short, we are unable to free ourselves of negativity in all its forms, be it death, illness, error, evil, or sin.

The stillness is always there, no matter how turbulent the waves. He spoke only briefly and then asked if we would like to have tea…. (Stunkard 1998:3–4) How does this fit in with dealing with the individual problems and distress that people bring, for example, to psychotherapy? To those unfamiliar with Buddhism, it may seem narrow and inflexible, even cold and heartless, to focus only on the fundamental problem of dukkha and the fundamental solution that is Buddhism. But is there better medicine for the fundamental suffering of each and everyone than that of directly revealing the one who is originally free of suffering?

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