Practices and theories of Buddhist psychology are explored in general, and those of Nichiren Buddhism in particular. Three aspects of Buddhist psychology are given particular emphasis: the interconnection between people, mindfulness, and the battle with negative tendencies. These three qualities are essential for compassionate counsellors. Possible implications for counselling practices in the West are drawn from this exploration. It will be suggested that some concepts and practices of Nichiren Buddhism are useful for the personal growth of counsellors, especially in terms of counsellors’ abilities to accompany others’ sufferings and believe in clients’ strength and potential. In addition, Buddhism offers alternative conceptions of pathology, addiction, and how we pay attention to our inner states and emotions.
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