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The Great Within – The Transformative Power and Psychology of the Spiritual Path

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Christine Heming reviews the new book by Han F. de Wit, PhD.

 

Han de Wit’s story has a familiar ring – the pursuit of Western psychology in the 1970’s only to find it offered little to those who wanted to study and understand the mind. Fortunately for us, de Wit did not abandon psychology, but returned to his chosen field after a time of broader exploration, bringing with him the knowledge and practice of the contemplative traditions, and in particular, Buddhism.  He is credited with being the founder of what has come to be called, contemplative psychology.

If you want to know what contemplative psychology is all about and how it differs from conventional Western psychology or scientific psychology, this is your book.  It is thorough, clearly written, and well-organized.  If you are a student of Buddhism, this book is an excellent reference.  Many Buddhist teachings and principles are presented here using the language of psychology.  As such, one is exposed to another way of talking about mind and the spiritual path altogether, and this is likely to awaken a new or deeper way of understanding these teachings.  For example, it is interesting to read about the development of ego – the five skandhas – in a new light, with new language, and with a new metaphor.  Other additions to de Wit’s exposition of contemplative psychology are the numerous references to commonalities with various contemplative religious traditions, philosophers, and even to writers like Marcel Proust and Leo Tolstoy. Continue…

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