By De Padmasiri Silva
An creation to Buddhist Psychology is a lucid, intelligible, and genuine advent to the principles of Buddhist psychology. It presents entire insurance of the elemental techniques and matters within the psychology of Buddhism, and hence it offers with the character of mental inquiry, suggestions of the brain, attention and behaviour, motivation, feelings and percentile, and the healing constitution of Buddhist psychology. For the 3rd version, a brand new bankruptcy at the mind-body dating and Buddhist contextualism has been further.
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Feelings are classified into bodily and mental feelings and they are also related to the sense organs. Pleasant feelings excite man's attachment to objects and rouse latent sensuous greed. Painful feelings excite latent anger and hatred. The saint who seeks to master passions has to eliminate three features connected with these feelings: the tendency to attachment in pleasant feeling, the tendency to revulsion in painful feelings, and the tendency to ignorance in neutral feeling. There is also an interesting ethical dimension that runs through the analysis offeelings.
In this sense, the framework of the psychology of motivation in Buddhism is therapeutic. As has already been said in the west today, the word 'therapy' is used in a general sense to mean methods of treating mental sickness, while in the Buddhist context it refers to the deeper predicament of unrest and psychological conflict. The psychological ditch between the therapeutically 35 An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology 'wholesome' and 'unwholesome' cuts through the whole structure of motivational theory in Buddhism.
While others render it as 'conceptual activity', it appears that a translation of the term to fit every context and all its manifestations is not possible. The term sanna is also divided into patigha-saniiii and adivacana-sannii: Sanna that arises out of contact with the sense organ is described as patigha-sannti. Adivacana-saniiti is of a nominal character and includes sense images and concepts. Perception can be of six kinds: of visual form, of sound, of smell, of taste, of bodily sensation and of images.
An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology by De Padmasiri Silva