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Read this before watching the documentary

This film is about how a specific form of Buddhist meditation, known as vipassana, can change the state of one’s heart and mind – emotions, moods, feelings and thoughts – and so change one’s behaviour and the quality of one’s life.

The subject matter of the film, and the people shown in it, are Indian. They are rooted in a culture that is radically different from our western culture.

What appears in the film, to western eyes, to western understanding, is the tip of a vast submerged and ancient iceberg, which we seem not to know exists. We cannot imagine what it is. [click to continue…]

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How does Adaptation Practice relate to Mindfulness and CBT?

Over recent years a lot of people have asked me about Mindfulness, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). What do I think of them? Is Mindfulness good for depression? Isn’t Adaptation Practice the same? I tell them that Mindfulness is an excellent first step. But only [click to continue…]