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Lisa specializes in Integrative Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing Therapy. She is the author of a highly regarded textbook on Buddhist psychology for mental health clinicians, Effortless Mindfulness: Genuine mental health through awakened presence and a recent chapter in The Handbook of Mindfulness: Society, Culture and Context. Lisa is a dharma teacher and has been a yogic and Buddhist meditation practitioner for over four decades. Visit my website for detailed information!

Episode 2: Averting the roots of violence and the practice of equanimity

Feb 21, 2018

Though I recorded this episode over two weeks ago, the most recent horrific school shooting has once again highlighted the importance of actively working to end violence in America; especially gun violence. So this episode is timely.

This week people have once again been asking why are young people shooting their peers at school? The Buddhist psychological answer is… confusion and deep suffering. When people are overwhelmed by internal distress, they often have no frame for how much harm they are capable of or actually doing to themselves and others. Many of the people who come to work with me have childhood trauma histories and deeply embedded assumptions about how they deserve to be treated. So distorted are these internal schemas, that trauma sufferers can, in their adult lives, unknowingly become their own worst perpetrator; living with a mind steeped in afflictive self-narratives that give rise to inner and outer distress; like self-and-other harming, anxiety, depression, addiction, and relational discord. Having a trauma history does not excuse violence. Yet if the Parkland shooter is like others who have committed similar horrific acts, he was certainly suffering deeply in his heart and mind.

From a Buddhist psychological perspective, all acts of harm arise from distorted views and their resulting injurious reactivity. The Buddha famously taught, Hatred never ends through hatred; By non-hate alone does it end. The same can be said of harming which never sees its final end through more harm. That is an awakened view arising from an awakened mind: one that recognizes everything that comes to be, arises dependently upon many causes and conditions. The key to actuating the Buddha’s insight in our daily lives is aspiring to embrace non-violence in body, speech and mind and cultivating equanimity no matter what conditions we may meet. This episode is devoted to helping listeners accomplish that through delivering knowledge and then an equanimity meditation. Enjoy!