In this issue of Inquiring Mind we live up to our name, inquiring not only into the mind, but also into various methods that humans have devised for that inquiry.
Interview with Jack Kornfield: Beyond Mental Health—Buddhist Psychology for the West
By Barbara Gates, Wes Nisker
Jack Kornfield compares Western and Buddhist psychologies.
Is the advice dispensed by Thai meditation masters a more enlightened form of “therapy”? Psychotherapist Ronna Kabatzick brings what she learned in the east to her work in the west.
Interview with Paul Ekman: Mystery Remains—A Scientist Meets a Monk
By Barbara Gates, Margaret Cullen, Wes Nisker
Meeting—and then writing a book with—His Holiness the Dalai Lama changed emotions expert Paul Ekman‘s life.
Psychologist Richard Hanson and neurologist Rick Mendius look at the intersection and integration of psychology, neurology and contemplation.
Lynn Crawford shares the tale of her lifelong journey of letting go and of wanting a “better ending” to the early loss of her mother.
Psychiatry and psychology professor Zindel Segal discusses relationships between depression and creativity, attention, meditation and medication.
David Foecke challenges our community to explore the “all-dana” model for financing vipassana centers and supporting teachers.
Ajahn Pasanno teaches us the value of bringing the practice of generosity into the center of our lives.
Barbara Gates brings her gift of finding Dharma in everyday life out onto the clothesline.
As an expression of our heartache over our world at war, we offer a tribute to “Cambodia’s Gandhi,” the late Maha Ghosananda. Trudy Goodman recalls traveling with him in 1987.
Peter Gyallay-Pap tells the story of the late Ven. Maha Ghosananda, “great proclaimer of joy,” the peace-activist monk who was Cambodia’s spiritual leader.
A special section of War and Peace Poems, introduced by poet Ted Sexauer and featuring the work of Anita Barrows • Sean Mclain Brown • Shaikh Abdurraheem Muslim Dost • Gary Gach • Sami al Haj • Sylvia Forges-Ryan • Yusef Komunyakaa • Clare Morris • David Plumb • Li Po (translated by Taylor Stoehr) • Gregory Ross • Ted Sexauer • Brian Turner • Ko Un (translated by Brother Anthony of Taizé and Gary Gach) and Karma Tenzing Wangchuk
(176 pp., Shoemaker and Hoard, 2007)
The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness, by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn
Reviewed By Ronna Kabatznick
(273 pp., Guilford Press, 2007)
Against the Stream: A Buddhist Manual for Spiritual Revolutionaries, by Noah Levine Foreword by Stephen Levine
Reviewed By Lailah Robertson
(179 pp., HarperOne, 2007)
Buddha Is As Buddha Does: The Ten Original Practices for Enlightened Living, by Lama Surya Das
Reviewed By Wes Nisker
(264 pp., HarperOne, 2007)
The Silent Question: Meditating in the Stillness of Not-Knowing, by Toni Packer
Reviewed By Joan Tollifson
(190 pp., Shambhala Publications, 2007)
(161 pp., Windhorse Publications, 2007)
(52 cards, www.mindfulpractices.com, 2007)
(177 pp., North Atlantic Books, 2007)
Wes Nisker opens his journals to share his pithy and insightful musings on science and why he loves it.