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date: 08 August 2020

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Maurits G. T. Kwee is a clinical psychologist and prolific author who has long championed the potential for Buddhist inspired approaches within therapeutic endeavors. Here Dr Kwee, informed by a broad Buddhist background, offers an experiential account of Buddhism that highlights its relational aspects. Acknowledging parallels between certain Buddhist practices, cognitive behavioral and allied therapeutic strategies, he points out that Buddhist practice leads to the realization that our normal sense of identity is ultimately erroneous. He argues that Buddhist notions of dependent origination and mind share many features with a social constructionist perspective and questions whether the Western version of meditation, which tends to focus on redirecting attention and non-evaluative awareness, goes far enough, as among adepts these are merely routes to developing insight into the way "things are.” The chapter also addresses pristine mindfulness which inheres in intentional action (karma).

Keywords: relational Buddhism, social constructionism, pristine mindfulness, new Buddhist psychology, happiness

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