9644existential psychology (and: Re: Great book--Buddhist, yet not)
- Aug 3, 2008Tamara,
In my humble opinion, I wouldn't try to go off of your medications at
this time in your life. Right now, if medicine is keeping your mind at
an even keel, it is essential that you take it.
When you become a somewhat seasoned Buddhist, and have learned how to
overcome the mind and it's emotions by practicing, practicing, and
practicing over and over again; and are more grounded in the depths of
Buddhist psychology, not by head knowledge, but by experience, and
have found your Teacher (if you are of a school that believes in
having a Teacher for one's self) That might be a time when you might
try tittering down your medication. Please keep your relationship
with your doctor, and let him/her help you come of your medications if
you feel you are ready.
Please don't come off of you medications on your own. You can still
be a Buddhist and take medication. You can still practice and take
Don't get stuck on that part of Buddhism, because then it will become
your focus, and defeat the process of emptiness. So don't worry about
it now, just focus on your practice and gaining the wisdoms of
Buddhism. Strengthen yourself through meditations, and mantras.
Please don't let the thought that you must come off of your meds to be
Buddhist become an obsession. Don't worry, just be happy. There is a
time for everything, and everything will happen when the time is right.
--- In Buddhism_101@yahoogroups.com, Tamara <savepawsfurever@...> wrote:
> I'm a bit late on responding to this turn of the conversation, but I
suffer from chronic depression and each time I've tried to shake
myself free of the pharmaceuticals, I've had serious problems...ending
up in a place so deep and dark that I can't reach myself through
meditation. To me, I either have to take pills and live or don't take
them and die. This may change at some point, but for now I admit I'm
too scared to rely on my control of my mind--it is actually a physical
problem in my brain.
> However, you are correct that in so many cases of mental illness it
is indeed possible for us to aid or even cure some illnesses through
meditation (understanding our minds). As things progress and
scientists understand our minds more and more, I can indeed see a day
where most, if not all mental illnesses are cured or at least lessened
by the "mind over matter" that a meditation practice can provide.
> It is all so interesting, this mind of ours !
> "It is a great and potent and dangerous thing we do,
> this loving of dogs." -- Jack Voller
> --- On Fri, 7/11/08, ken <gebser@...> wrote:
> From: ken <gebser@...>
> Subject: Re: [Buddhism_101] existential psychology (and: Re: Great
book--Buddhist, yet not)
> To: Buddhism_101@yahoogroups.com
> Date: Friday, July 11, 2008, 5:12 PM
> You may be correct, given the current state of the art of talk therapy
> and other similar therapies along with our current understanding of
> consciousness. Unfortunately though, consciousness isn't understood
> very well yet and talk and other such therapies are really still in
> their infancy. Interesting research and practices are happening with
> the use of music and pets which, though yielding hopeful results, are
> not well understood. And too, counseling has shown success in helping
> people overcome multiple personality disorders, something which only a
> few years ago would have been thought to be inconceivable. And we
> certainly don't understand addictions, mostly, I believe, because much
> more money has been thrown into research on how to cause addiction than
> on how to cure it. If the mind is capable of only half of what
> Buddhists claim, we can fully expect great strides in
> treatments of psychological disorders in the coming years. So we would
> be justified in believing in possibilities and making efforts towards
> them. It sounds like you're already doing some of that.
> On 07/11/2008 08:00 AM Steve Serfass wrote:
> > I think you're right maybe if the person with the problem has a
> > relatively healthy mind, but mental illness, I think the pills are a
> > huge advance in treatment. Try telling a schizophrenic not to believe
> > those voices are real, or an obsessive compulsive disorder victim to
> > just be rational, and don't allow yourself to do what you do, or even
> > an alcoholic or drug addict, when they've shot or drank the first
> > one, just say no.....
> > But with a person with a "mild" case of some type of mental
> > illness...or neurosis.... me for instance.... I've seen huge progress
> > in my daily life just by meditating and practicing mindfullness, to
> > the puny extent I've been able to do it. I even like my job now.
> > Makes me think about that thing where they say to meditate on how
> > fortunate we are to be born human. Steve
> > --- On Fri, 7/11/08, ken <gebser@speakeasy. net> wrote:
> > From: ken <gebser@speakeasy. net> Subject: [Buddhism_101] existential
> > psychology (and: Re: Great book--Buddhist, yet not) To:
> > Buddhism_101@ yahoogroups. com Date: Friday, July 11, 2008, 3:41 AM
> > Perceptive comment. Yeah, along with Erwin Straus, Sartre, Maurice
> > Merleau-Ponty, Nietzsche, and others, Frankl is an important
> > existential psychologist, the founder of what is called logotherapy,
> > a vastly more humane and human approach to "mental illness" than the
> > rats-and-pills schools of psychology. Some scholars have noted that,
> > within the context of Western cultural history, existentialism
> > indicates a turn to the East and the beginnings of an integration of
> > Western and Eastern thought. So, yes, we should expect to find
> > notions akin to Buddhism in existentialism. Just yesterday,
> > coincidentally, I was reading about tantra and dzogchen and
> > transforming passions into wisdom when it struck me that,
> > essentially, this is what (the Western existentialist concept of)
> > "talk therapy" is based on, i.e., that if a problem bears down on you
> > and makes you crazy, think about it and bring some (not pills, but
> > rather) wisdom to it and you'll find, in doing so, at the same time
> > that the problem is deflated of its control over your emotions...
> > plus, now you understand the problem. Although Buddhism came up with
> > this idea centuries earlier than the West, Westerners figured out a
> > way to bill it out by the hour. :)
> > Wikipedia has a pretty good rundown of existential psychology:
> > <http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ Existential_ psychology>.
> > --- In Buddhism_101@ yahoogroups. com, "Tamara" <savepawsfurever@ ...>
> > wrote:
> >> I just finished reading "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor
> > Frankl.
> >> It was written in the 40s after he was in the concentration camps
> >> during World War II. He was a psychiatrist and believed that man
> >> can overcome any type of suffering if there is meaning to that
> >> man's life.
> >> It never once mentions Buddhism, yet it says so much about
> >> suffering and how it is meant to teach us and guide us.
> >> It is a beautiful, small book and it is one more way I can learn
> >> about how suffering is to be done, yet we can do it with love and
> >> grace. I highly recommend it for those of us (trying to find) or
> >> going down that middle path.
> >> Tamara
> When fascism comes to this country, it will be wrapped in the flag,
> carrying a cross."
> --Sinclair Lewis
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