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Buddhadharma : Summer 2014
36 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY SUMMER 2014 idego L ate autumn 1974, I am sitting in a lec- ture room of the University of London. It is my first term as an undergradu- ate studying psychology and physiology, and we are being introduced to the teachings of Freud. At a certain point, the lecturer quotes the closing paragraph of Studies in Hysteria: “...[M]uch will be gained if we succeed in transforming your hysterical misery into common unhappiness. With a men- tal life that has been restored to health, you will be better armed against that unhappiness.” FORUM JACK KORNFIELD • JUDY LIEF • BODHIN KJOLHEDE Is Western Psychology Redefining Buddhism? INTRODUCTION BY AJAHN AMARO PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAN FOGELSON Something snaps. A bone breaks in my heart. NO! We can do better than that. I can’t recall whether I said anything out loud, but it was painfully vivid inside. My interest in Western psychology took a notice- able dip right at that point, while the search for spiritual solutions to my unhappiness rose up. Over the ensuing years, the picture did improve. Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs promised “self-actualization,” and Claude Steiner assured us that we could “flip out of our script.” But exactly how the