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contemplative psychology

dscn24122One view of psychology common in the West is to study deeply what others have observed about the human mind. This is often supported by contemplating one’s own experience based on helpful models (e.g. Jungian psychology) and using language (e.g. talk therapy) to rediscover hidden aspects of experience. While these can all be strong, useful methods for understanding the mind, Contemplative Psychology also asks that we spend significant amounts of time looking at our own mind, with less emphasis on language and models.

Contemplative Psychology also asks that we spend significant amounts of time looking at our own mind, with less emphasis on language and models.

The contemplative practice of mindfulness mediation is crucial to this process — simply resting in our own, direct observation of the mind. The advantage of this is that we might discover habits and patterns in our own experience that nobody has ever observed before — not even the most brilliant researcher. These discoveries are our own. They make us our own researcher, studying the data of our rich, human experience that no one else can even access directly.

Contemplative Psychology

Susan Chapman is one of the authorized teachers of Contemplative Psychology in North America.  Here’s more information on what that means:Contemplative Psychology

First introduced at Naropa University in 1975 by the Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, contemplative psychology was founded in collaboration with leading western psychiatrists and psychologists who were inspired by the therapeutic and clinical implications of the shambhala and tantric buddhist teachings in working with others. Contemplative Psychology is now the pre-eminent psychology in North America and Europe mixing the wisdom and skillful means of buddha nature and inherent healthiness with ordinary situations of helping others.
Contemplative psychology programs are taught by authorized senior Shambhala meditation teachers who are also mental health practitioners with years of clinical experience working with others. Topics explored include transmuting emotions into wisdom, meeting challenging relationships with sanity and bringing mindfulness and awareness practices and techniques to clinical work with clients.Programs are attended by a wide range of participants including health practitioners as well as meditators who want to deepen their connection with emotional and relational intelligence These programs are available at Shambhala centres and affiliate venues in a number of formats including weekend workshops, week long seminars and training programs that would include both. Some programs include the experiential study and practice of the five buddha families.