The Lost Art of Compassion: Discovering the Practice of Happiness in the Meeting of Buddhism and Psychology by Lorne Ladner

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Western science has learned much about human psychology in the past century or two, but Buddhism has made a careful, perceptive study of the human mind for two and a half millennia. It's no wonder, then, that Westerners are applying the insights of Buddhism to the contemporary practice of psychotherapy. Clinical psychologist Lorne Ladner, who is also a meditation teacher and longtime Buddhist practitioner, has written a straightforward but nuanced treatment of how the Buddha's teachings can help us achieve happiness in today's world. He offers 10 practices for cultivating compassion (for example, "seeing through projections," cultivating "the radiant heart," and "joyfully losing an argument") and makes a persuasive case that even in today's hectic, spirit-unfriendly world, it is possible to "battle your inner enemy" and live a purposeful, joyous life.