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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Karnac Books; 1 edition (19 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855754045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855754041
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,143,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A compelling and original synthesis of psychotherapy, Buddhist meditation, neuroscience, ecology and feminism that points to a more sane and compassionate way of living in this world at this critical juncture in human history. --Stephen Batchelor, author of 'Buddhism Without Beliefs'<br /><br />Gay Watson's new book is not only a thoroughly accessible and delightful invitation to us to reconsider our most granted assumptions about what it is to be human, it also embodies the very ideas that she presents. As we read we are accompanied by her presence and find ourselves directed toward our own direct, embodied experience in the context of that relationship. She reminds us that we are always interconnected even as we read 'Beyond Happiness' alone in our study. --Karen Kissel Wegela, PhD, Professor of Contemplative Psychotherapy at Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado<br /><br />'Beyond Happiness is a useful summary of Buddhism's recent and historic encounter with cognitive neuroscience. It clearly illuminates Buddhist psychology while reaching for a provocative new synthesis. As Watson makes clear, the emerging view challenges our belief that the mind is in the head and shows us how to look beyond. --Mark Epstein, MD

Gay Watson's new book is not only a thoroughly accessible and delightful invitation to us to reconsider our most granted assumptions about what it is to be human, it also embodies the very ideas that she presents. As we read we are accompanied by her presence and find ourselves directed toward our own direct, embodied experience in the context of that relationship. She reminds us that we are always interconnected even as we read 'Beyond Happiness' alone in our study. --Karen Kissel Wegela, PhD, Professor of Contemplative Psychotherapy at Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado

'Beyond Happiness is a useful summary of Buddhism's recent and historic encounter with cognitive neuroscience. It clearly illuminates Buddhist psychology while reaching for a provocative new synthesis. As Watson makes clear, the emerging view challenges our belief that the mind is in the head and shows us how to look beyond. --Mark Epstein, MD

About the Author

Gay Watson PhD trained as a psychotherapist with the Karuna Institute of Core Process Psychotherapy, a Buddhist-inspired psychotherapy. Concurrently she attained a first class honours degree followed by a doctorate in the field of Buddhist Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies of London University. She is the author of 'Resonance of Emptiness: A Buddhist Inspiration for a Contemporary Psychotherapy' (Routledge Curzon 2001) and co-editor of 'The Psychology of Awakening' (UK: Rider 2000, U.S.A.: Samuel Weiser 2001). She is currently associated with The Karuna Institute and Sharpham College of Buddhism and Contemporary Inquiry, and a member of the editorial board of Contemporary Buddhism. She lives in Devon, UK and is a Trustee of the Dartington Hall Trust.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PinkPen on 4 Sep 2008
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This is an important book with wide-ranging implications for the 'science' of the every day life. It provides a wonderful example of how to stimulate a much needed dialogue between Cognitive Science and Buddhism and situate it in relation to Psychotherapy and our embodied well-being. It is engagingly written, presenting sometimes complex ideas with clarity and style. Absolutely an essential reading for everyone.
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This book captures the real potential of therapeutic change within a neuroscientific and Buddhist frame. I particularly enjoyed her exploration of the body as a moral anchor in a secular culture. As a psychotherapist I found Watson's work to be concise, understated, and deeply engaging.
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This book blends psychotherapy with psycho-spiritual perspectives in a scholarly way. The book is well referenced and would serve anyone who requires a fresh approach to literature especially if they are doing research or writing for journals.
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Beyond Happiness by Gay Watson 13 Aug 2008
By Miriam A. Ellingson - Published on Amazon.com
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I have had a life-long interest in psychology, religion and philosophy. For the last twenty years I have also been a student of Buddhism. Gay's book ties it all together. I was particularly taken with Chapter 8 in that I received a greater understanding of illusive ideas about who I am, what the self is and how the mind works (as present-day neuroscience is discovering). She says, "If we are to use this new knowledge and the longstanding Buddhist practices of awareness and attention skilfully in the service of wellbeing, I suggest that the major changes may be not so much what we do as how we do it."
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Pedantic 24 Nov 2009
By Dillon Masters - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is MUCH TOO pedantic and contained within a tight phenomenal rigor. One gets the impression that the author is determined to capture the essence of Buddhism within scientific calipers regardless of the fit. There is no beyond here and little happiness.
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