Effortless Mindfulness promotes genuine mental health through the direct experience of awakened presence-an effortlessly embodied, fearless understanding of and interaction with the way things truly are. The book offers a uniquely modern Buddhist psychological understanding of mental health disorders through a scholarly, clinically relevant presentation of Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist teachings and practices. Written specifically for Western psychotherapeutic professionals, the book brings together traditional Buddhist theory and contemporary psychoneurobiosocial research to describe the conditioned and unconditioned mind, and its in-depth exploration of Buddhist psychology includes complete instructions for psychotherapists in authentic, yet clinically appropriate Buddhist mindfulness/heartfulness practices and Buddhist-psychological inquiry skills. The book also features interviews with an esteemed collection of Buddhist teachers, scholars, meditation researchers and Buddhist-inspired clinicians.
1. Start From Where You Are 2. Know the Conditioned Mind 3. The Conditioned Mind and Mental Health Disorders 4. Know the Unconditioned Mind 5. Know the Fully Awakened Heart 6. Knowing Spontaneous Awakened Presence 7. Loving Life Just as It Is 8. Nirvana as Skillful Action and Transformation 9. Genuine Mental Health: Offering up the Illusion of Self. Glossary of Pali, Sanskrit, and Tibetan Terms.