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KEY FEATURES: Material based on empirical findings as well as first-hand experiences makes the book a valuable resource for both guiding and inspiring readers. Connection of current debates with an analysis of the cultural healing practices of Far East Asian communities provides a critical point of departure for highlighting challenges and transformations within the field of health and mental health. Discussion of a range of issues makes the book relevant to scholars, researchers, practitioners, and students in training in the various health and mental health fields, as well as mental health clinicians, nurses, doctors, psychiatrists, counselors, psychotherapists, social workers, and others. Exploration of research, theories, and practices extends beyond Asian groups to include all types of patients, clients, and groups. Chapter-ending discussion questions prompt readers ...

Buddhism and Healing
3 Buddhism and healing
Tony Toneatto

In his discourses with those he encountered throughout his life, Buddha declared that he was “awake”! But awake from what? The Buddha was obviously not referring to awakening from literal sleep. He was pointing to a psychological state. Having “awakened,” the phenomenal world had not changed. What had altered was a subjective state. The Buddha was pointing to a radical shift in the perception of the subjective world. If the Buddha lived today, he might adopt the term aware to better convey what he intended to describe. What the Buddha was describing may be contrasted with the opposite of being awake or aware: darkness, ignorance, unconsciousness, or nonclarity. But exactly what was ...

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