From the list on how psychotherapy and meditation work together.
Who am I?
I've been a meditator for fifty years, learning from many teachers. I've been a psychotherapist for twenty years. The connections between meditation and psychotherapy are subtle and powerful. When I started my psychology studies, I went to my Zen teacher and asked for his guidance. I knew I couldn't survive the academic path without more depth in my meditation practice. There were two professors who captured my attention: one, the most psychoanalytic teacher at my school, and one, a student of the same Zen master who taught Leonard Cohen. They guided my research. If you're a psychotherapist, are in psychotherapy yourself, or are a meditator, you will love these books.
Alvin's book list on how psychotherapy and meditation work together
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Why did Alvin love this book?
When I needed a book to recommend to a group I joined on Buddhism and psychoanalysis, this was the one I chose. It's a collection of essays by some of the most important thinkers on this topic. It begins with Jack Engler's seminal essay about how you have to be somebody before you can be nobody. Reading this was like coming home for me, discovering that in my struggle to understood how Zen had a place in psychoanalytic thinking. It's more than simply combining mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. Jeremy Safran, the editor, was beloved by students and colleagues, and his murder in a burglary was a tragic loss.