We can learn how to undo our habits and addictions, but to do this we have to first find their triggers. With the right techniques we can disarm them and learn more effective ways for dealing with the pain that so often underlies our problem-causing behaviors. Without the support of effective methods we are likely to return to our addictions when pain and painful issues arise. Chonyi Taylor helps us break through that cycle, reconnect with ourselves and others, and feel more centered in our spiritual awareness.
Presenting the essence of Buddhism without the jargon, and fusing it with Western psychology, Chonyi Taylor engagingly combines practical exercises that were developed through her workshops with meditations and stories, and presents invaluable insights about how the mind works.
Enough! is intended for anyone who is looking for a powerful and effective way out of addiction, regardless of religious or secular background, and is suitable for self-study or as part of a guided program.
"The Buddha's eight-step enlightenment program has a lot to say about freeing us from overwhelming attachments and other habitual patterns, and Chonyi Taylor has the experience and know-how to communicate this well. Her accessible and savvy hands-on guide is profound in applying spiritual principles of awareness cultivation for reconditioning the heart and mind through a skillful combination of practical psychospiritual exercises and insightful introspection. I heartily recommend this to all those struggling to become healthier and happier, more balanced, sane, and liberated."---Lama Surya Das, author of Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be
"With Enough! Chonyi Taylor has created a practical, step-by-step guide to finding freedom from addiction and compulsion, as well as a clear and honest approach to living life while walking a spiritual path. Taylor offers us a tremendous opportunity to transform the pain of our destructive behaviors into the fruit of spiritual awakening."---Michael Imperioli, actor, HBO "Sopranos" and Tibetan Buddhist
"Chonyi Taylor has given us a thorough, detailed, and systematic approach to dealing with addictions and the negative emotions that fuel them that is a major contribution to the integration of Buddhism into Western psychology and psychotherapy."---Ron Leifer, M.D., author of Vinegar into Honey
Buddhist Psychology addresses both the nature of the mind and how we know what we know. Just as scientists observe and catalog the material world, Buddhists for centuries have been observing and cataloging the components of inner experience. The result is a rich and subtle knowledge that can be harnessed to the goal of increasing human well being.
Richard Sipe, himself a former monk and priest, has made a lifelong venture of determining the reality and meaning of religious celibacy. Even an adequate operational definition of religious celibacy, he says, has been avoided by Catholic hierarchy and scholars to preserve the celibate myth. Having spent 25 years conducting a study of celibacy and sexual behavior in Roman Catholic priests, Sipe concluded that at any one time no more than 50 percent of priests were practicing celibacy. To more fully understand what celibacy is, how it is practiced, the affect it has on the humanness of men of women, and the social effects it presents, Sipe says we can use the approach presented in this book. Specifically, we can analyze historic men who presented themselves or were perceived as living examples of celibacy and also focus on the most profound truths of celibacy found in literary accounts.
Psychology, religion, and literary criticism interface and are woven together in this book with minimal jargon. The Serpent and the Dove was written in the hope of exciting honest analysis of the essence of religious celibacy and to foster a recrudescence of authentic sexual vigor with all of its evolutionary potential. Human sexuality is not going away; nor is it irrelevant to the wellbeing, progress and happiness of the human community, says Sipe. And the practice of genuine celibacy is not going to disappear either. No question, the Catholic Church needs profound reformation. But in all my work I have chosen not to throw any babies out with the horrendously dirty 'holy water' the church continues to treasure and disseminate. Here, as in all my work, I try to foster dialogue between religion and science, such as literary criticism. The Catholic Church (and religion) is at a Copernican Moment when it has to cede to science the nature of sexuality. The Serpent and the Dove is one more work among Sipe's many books and articles making the need for that clear.