A Conversation with the Dalai Lama

In this video from a recent Beck Institute Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses insights from his conversation with the Dalai Lama. Dr. Aaron Beck draws connections between Cognitive Therapy and Buddhism, and points to egoism as one major concern addressed by both Cognitive Therapy and Buddhism. Dr. Beck describes egoism as largely involving a focus on personal health, safety, or self-esteem, and an over-absorption in self-focus. Dr. Beck highlights a specific case in which a client became overly absorbed in a specific goal and had to disengage from the goal to alleviate distress.

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  1. […] Buddhism plays a significant role in life here in Thailand, as this is a path followed by the majority of the population. Our program here at Hope Rehab Center is not specifically based on the teachings of this philosophy, but we do incorporate aspects of it such as mindfulness. There is also a good deal of overlap between Buddhist psychology and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), and this connection was recognised by Dr Alan Beck who is regarded as the ‘father of cognitive therapy’ (source: Beck Institute). […]

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