Buddhist Meditation & Depth Psychology by Douglas M. Burns

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For some subjects this recall was anxiety-inducing…” 64 Other studies have supported this finding that short term sensory deprivation is psychologically beneficial. ) However, other carefully conducted 64. Archives of General Psychiatry, Vol. 3. “Therapeutic Changes in Psychiatric Patients Following Partial Sensory Deprivation,” by R. Gibby, H. Adams, and R. Carrera. July, 1960, pp. 57/33-66/42. 44 investigations have found no such improvements,65 and therefore further studies are indicated before any definite conclusions can be made about the therapeutic value of sensory deprivation.

B. Blakney. New York: The New American Library, 1955. 40 Theravada practices plus others. The division of Mahayana into numerous and varied sects precludes any general statement about its practices. In some forms it bears similarities to Hinduism by virtue of devotional emphasis and prayer. In other schools this similarity is seen in the Mahayana concepts of Universal Mind, the Void, and Buddha Nature, which sometimes take precedence over the Theravada concerns of greed, hatred, and delusion. The curing of physical illness and the flow of spiritual forces through the body are other features of certain Mahayana practices: Vibrations (during meditation) show the free passage of the vital principle.

One tries for one-pointed concentration and complete suppression of men50 tal defilements. One fails and tries again; fails and tries again. Blaming oneself for one’s failure one comes to feel guilty and tries even harder, again failing. With this the austerity of one’s practice comes to take on a self-punitive nature. Angry with oneself, one becomes more severe with oneself. For those who have some insight into their dilemma, there may be the added problem of feeling guilty about feeling guilty or becoming irritated that one gets irritated.

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