Applied Buddhist Psychology

Personal Responsibility: A Buddhist Perspective on Relationship

By Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

Relationship forms the core of our experience as humans. We define ourselves and are defined by the nature of our relating. In Buddhism, there is a concept called “interdependence” which postulates that nothing exists independently. Everything exists interdependently. Applying this concept to relationship implies that we do not and cannot exist independently of one another.

The Path of Service

In this excerpt from a talk given to acupuncture students at ACTCM in San Francisco, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. discusses the nature of healing, the role of the healer, and the difference between healing and curing.

Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism

In today’s episode, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. discusses the roles of empathy and compassion in Buddhism, and offers a practice for maintaining balance when faced with the suffering of others.

The Intersection of Buddhism and Shamanism in Depth Hypnosis

In today’s episode, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. discusses the influence of Buddhist ideas about suffering and shamanic approaches to healing in the Depth Hypnosis method.

Depth Hypnosis and Relationship Counseling

By Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

Depth Hypnosis is a meditational therapy that incorporates many Buddhist principles. Depth Hypnosis weaves these principles into a therapeutic paradigm for individual and couples counseling. This paradigm can be easily digested by westerners who are willing to take the steps to free themselves from the dance of karma.

The Relationship Between Concepts and Emotions

In this episode, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. discusses why at times we can have a hard time distinguishing between mental and emotional states, She also addresses why emotional states can rarely be healed through mental interventions.

Understanding 2012

In today’s episode, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. discusses the 2012 era in terms of the evolution of human consciousness.

Understanding the Nature of Suffering and Personal Responsibility: A Buddhist Perspective for the Modern Therapeutic Context

By Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

Buddhism is sometimes viewed as a pessimistic philosophy by the casual observer. Its emphasis on suffering is misunderstood as a misplaced focus for a spiritual path. But, in actuality, Buddhism’s focus on suffering actually provides a path out of that suffering. Suffering becomes a vehicle through which one can explore and understand the self.

Alleviating Suffering: A Buddhist Perspective

In Buddhism, it’s understood that the realm in which we are living as beings is a realm of suffering that is a function of misconceptions of the nature of reality. In today’s episode, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. presents the Buddhist view of suffering and methods for alleviating it.

Perspectives on Karma

In this excerpt from a 2010 talk on birth family dynamics, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. gives an overview of perspectives on karma and discusses its application in a modern context – particularly in matters of relationship.

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