Saturday, October 17, 2009
Brief thoughts on religion
What fascinates me about Buddhism is its close relationship to psychology. I'm a mental health therapist and I see one of my jobs as helping to alleviate others' suffering and helping others to find happiness. One of the reasons I became interested in mental health to begin with is because I was looking for answers about how to alleviate my own suffering and how to find my own happiness. Everything I've learned so far about Buddhism indicates that its purpose is to show people how to alleviate suffering and bring about happiness. I feel like I've finally found the answers!!!
In the book Mindfulness in Plain English Venerable H. Gunaratana Mahathera speaks to the relationship between Buddhism and psychology:
"[Buddhism's] flavor is intensely clinical, much more akin to what we would call psychology than to what we would usually call religion. It is an ever-ongoing investigation of reality, a microscopic examination of the very process of perception. Its intention is to pick apart the screen of lies and delusions through which we normally view the world, and thus to reveal the face of ultimate reality."
I really love that summary!