Individual Psychology and the Great Eastern Sun: an Examination of the Psychology of Use and the Shambhala Buddhist Teachings

The First Noble Truth is that the suffering of birth, old age, sickness and death is unavoidable. Suffering includes both physical and psychological pain. The Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler and the Shambhala Buddhist Teachings cultivated in the west by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche are similar in that they aspire to alleviate suffering, and that fundamentally they seek to improve the situations of humankind. This paper examines the beliefs and practices that form the foundation of both Individual Psychology and the Tibetan Buddhist Teachings, and compares and contrasts them with one another.

Lisa Havelin
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