“The Method of Science, The Aim of Religion.” You’re familiar with that dictum, yes? Ergo, I think that you’d be interested in the book The Zen of Therapy by Mark Epstein which was published earlier this year. Basically it’s a discussion of the benefits of psycho therapy vs. Buddhist meditation in dealing with one’s mind. The New York Times Book Review had this to say about the book:
“Epstein, whose earlier books on related themes include ‘Advice Not Given’ and ‘Thoughts Without a Thinker,’ is adamant that psychotherapy is right to emphasize the importance of our personal stories — the history and texture of what it feels like to be, uniquely, ourselves — as against the meditator’s tendency to disdain the realm of emotions, seeing them ‘as indulgent at best and as an impediment at worst.’ It’s clear from early in the book that Epstein won’t be romanticizing the ascetic life when he describes a pivotal moment in the story of the historical Buddha, in which he walked out on his wife and child to seek spiritual enlightenment, not as an act of courage, but as a rather obvious case of emotional avoidance.