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The Positive Psychology of Buddhism and Yoga, 2nd Edition: Paths to A Mature Happiness Paperback – 12 Jun 2000

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Psychology Press (12 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805838333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805838336
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,557,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I have never read a clearer or more useful introduction to the positive psychological practices of Buddhism and Yoga. Each page is simply fascinating reading and appeals simultaneously to the lay reader and the seasoned scholar. The discussion of anger and how to overcome it is life-transforming. I would strongly recommend this book to undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. One rarely finds a book that reaches right into one’s mind and soul with a powerful vision of human enhancement. This is one of them." - Stephen G. Post Director, Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics, Stony Brook University

"There are few books that can make a real difference in people’s lives…this is one of them. It is an intellectual tour-de-force. It is a "must read" for any psychologist interested in Eastern thought. Many hundreds of millions of people believe that Enlightenment is the ultimate goal in life. Levine’s new second edition could be the best first step toward becoming "enlightened" that any of us will take." - George Howard, Psychology Department, University of Notre Dame

"After decades of focusing on mental illness and what is wrong with human nature, psychological science has renewed its interest in the positive aspects of human existence. It is in this vein that Marvin Levine offers a blend of western science and eastern practices to help us become more peaceful and less anxious, a goal he calls mature happiness. Levine’s newest book has many ideas and techniques that just might help us become calmer and even happier and wiser." - Dr. Diane F Halpern, Professor of Psychology , Claremont McKenna College and Past President of APA

Reviews of the first edition:

"Marvin Levine tells a profound story in a style that engages while it informs us of new ways to view the world within ourselves and without. This book teaches us vital lessons about how these Eastern philosophical traditions can be integrated with Western psychological methods of understanding the mind….I think it has much value to novices as well as to professionals in these areas. As a psychologist, Marvin Levine is uniquely qualified to reveal the strands of overlap between these Eastern views of the human condition and those in Western psychological practices." - Philip Zimbardo, Department of Psychology, Stanford University, Past President of APA

"The book is lucid in its explanation of the principles of Buddhism and Yoga. I have never seen a clearer exposition of this kind. It makes a good case that many of these principles are compatible with those of modern, empirically-grounded Western psychology." - Donald Routh, University of Miami

"This book has promise of becoming an instant classic." - Suresh Srivastva, Case Western Reserve University

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About the Author

Marvin Levine, a well-known researcher and theorist in cognitive-experimental psychology, received his M.A. at Harvard where he worked with B.F. Skinner and George Miller, and his Ph.D. with Harry Harlow at the University of Wisconsin. Since 1965 he has been a professor in the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University.

His earliest work was on intellectual problem solving, research that served to counter the then popular conditioning view of human behavior. He later turned his attention to interpersonal problem solving, giving workshops on assertiveness training and anger management, and for several years helped resolve disputes as a volunteer mediator. He is also a published poet and a professional musician. As is revealed in this volume, all these activities have contributed to his understanding of human nature.

He also maintained a long-standing interest in Eastern philosophy. He gradually began to see similarities between the conceptions and methods of Buddhism and Yoga and those of Western psychotherapy. In this accessible book he discusses these three systems. The exotic and "mystical" trappings from Buddhism and Yoga are stripped away. The emphasis, instead, is on their aims and methods, and their relation to Western psychology. This approach provides a clear understanding of how to live a more useful, happier life. It is also an essential read for anyone interested in an enlarged framework for modern psychology.

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As a practicing Buddhist of some 15 years I find this book a refreshingly rigorous, without being dry, exploration of Buddhism and Yoga as positive psychologies in their own right and in relation to the relatively new discipline of positive psychology, in which I have a keen interest.

Levine is that rare creature a world renowned empirical psychologist and practicing Buddhist and Yogi. His explanation of the difference between Western and Eastern concepts of maturity and how this relates to a sustainable happiness is by itself worth buying the book for.

There is though so much more here for practitioner and lay reader alike it is an accessible tour de force of the disciplines expressed as a positive synthesis of Eastern and Western theories and practices that lead to what he calls "super mature" happiness.

If that is not enough he throws in an examination of how to apply this to dealing with anger, again its worth the buy just for this.

So if you want to develop a resilient super mature happiness, that is not the fleeting happiness of the self help genre, then get your mind and body around this one.
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This is more or less an introduction to Buddhism and Yoga. Well-written, straightforward and of practical benefit to counsellors regardless of their theoretical orientation. As a Person-centred counsellor, I found it particularly useful.
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excellent book amazing one liners that help put things into perspective makes you realize what nonsense goes round our minds causing stress sadness worry it definately has helped me !
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you're a Westerner who is becoming interested in Eastern thought, you should read this book 6 Mar. 2013
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I actually would give this book 4 1/2 stars. The reason I didn't give it 5 is that there is very little about positive psychology, even though that's listed 1st in the title. The book is really about Buddhism and Yoga from the perspective of a Western psychologist. These two philosophies, particularly Buddhism, have become very influential on psychology in the past few decades and they are inherently positive. Marvin Levine apparently was/is a pioneer in this perspective.
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly readable and enjoyable 31 Oct. 2013
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[[ASIN:B004OVESUE The Positive Psychology of Buddhism and Yoga is a great introduction to Buddhism and Yoga and their worldview, which is very different from that of Western religion. In this book, Levine has an in-your-face scorn for scholarly style, such as references and footnotes. This makes the book much more readable than it otherwise would be. It is particularly useful to those with some knowledge of contemporary psychotherapies because it shows Eastern similarities to them.
5.0 out of 5 stars great multi-purpose book 20 April 2011
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I read this book after starting a yoga practice. I have always been interested in psychology - almost majored in it. This book cleverly combines concepts of yoga, Buddhism, and psychology in a well-written, cohesive book. But the book also serves as a self-help source. The book is general enough to touch upon a lot of philosophical topics. I first bought the book on Kindle but I liked it so much I wanted to lend it to friends. Whether you like self-help, modern psychology, yoga, or the Buddhist philosophy you will find this an extremely valuable source.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece of work 3 Jan. 2007
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This book does an incredible job of making buddhism and yoga accessible to the average, everyday man or woman raised in the west. The author has clearly spent years studying this material and is able to translate and present important concepts it in a format that is easy to digest but no less profound. Whenever the author presents an important eastern concept, he anchors that eastern concept to a western concept, which makes otherwise foreign ideas easy to relate to. Excellent work. By far this is the clearest, most well written introduction to basic buddhist beliefs I have read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Positive Psychology of Buddhism and Yoga 9 Jan. 2007
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This book was outstanding! I have been in the martial arts for 33 years and most of that is has been with the study of Buddhism. This book was stellar in clearing up many of the cofusions that I did (and didn't) know that I had. I always thought that Buddhism was a philosophy! Not! It is an empirical study of your own mind. I highly recommend that all students of Buddhism and Yoga add this to your library. Even if you find it a repeat of what you already know you will love it as a 'loner' to friends.

Greg Sluys - Ferndale, WA.
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