rodger ricketts


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meditation/mindfulness teacher, author on Buddhist psychology

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I am the author of three books- The Buddha's Gift: A Life of Well Being and Wisdom(2017)- The Buddha's Teachings: Seeing without Illusion -2nd Edition, revised(2014) and The Buddha's Radical Psychology:Explorations(2016). I am a clinical psychologist and mindfulness meditation teacher. I have been studying/practicing Buddhism for over thirty years both for my own spiritual quest but also to apply meditation as a therapeutic tool in psychotherapy and stress management. I have given numerous presentations at Wellness and professional psychological conferences on the topic of Mindfulness as a primary cognitive intervention in the treatment of anxiety as well as the topic of well-being and continue to study numerous topics in science and Buddhism, meditate and teach mindfulness in Italy.
Description of my latest book (2017):
This is the author's fourth book exploring the complementary relationship between the Buddha's teachings and modern psychology. It reflects his 40 years of study and development of a unique yet cogent perspective that incorporates the traditional Buddhist teachings and his meditation insights, with the research and study of modern scholars and psychologists. This book goes beyond what is usually taught in traditional Buddhist texts as well as comparative psychology essays. The integration of the doctrines is exceptionally helpful for creating psychological wellbeing and for comprehending important truths of life. The present book explores deeply the valuable interface of psychology and the Buddha's teaching in developing wellbeing and wisdom. The Buddha's teachings are clearly shown as a foundation for a Relapse Prevention model to eliminate suffering and create happiness in our lives and the world.



Recent Publications
The Buddha as an Innovator Genius
Ricketts, R. (2017) The Buddha as an Innovator Genius In the four books I have written, I have shown how, in modern terms, the Buddha’s teachings can be called a doctrine of Transcendence Psychology that has a universal application for the wellbeing, wisdom and happiness...
The Buddha's Gift: A life of Well Being and Wisdom
Rickett, R. (2017) The Introduction to my book- Introduction “Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 percent of everything you think, and of everything you do, is for yourself—and there isn’t one.” Wei Wu Wei The Buddha taught: ‘Wherever there is something that is intended,...
Living with Vitality, Creativity and Openness in the Original Mind
In the Buddha’s teachings, the opening of the awareness of the Original Mind and interbeing of life occurs when the non-dualistic cognitive based subject/object separation and alienation ceases. This enlightened awareness of life is fundamentally different...
Thoughts On A Spiritual Practice of Transformation and Transcendence
A spiritual practise means transcending the cognitive patterns that create our ordinary reality. As I discuss in my book, The Buddha’s Radical Psychology: Explorations, one must see through the conventional dualistic dichotomy of the relativistic subject...
Developing a Happier Life – 10 Steps to Help
10 Steps to a Happier Life. Developing and leading a happier life is not only focusing on what and how you are adding to your life but also what you need to reduce or eliminate. Below are 10 important guidelines for a happier life. 1. Control of actions...
Self as narrative- the transcendance of identifying with the narrative.
“Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 percent of everything you think, and of everything you do, is for yourself—and there isn’t one.”― Wei Wu Wei These are two paragraphs from my almost finished book- Realizing our Original Mind . ‘While the self seems...
The Buddha's Radical Psychology: Explorations
The Buddha's Radical Psychology: Explorations My newest book now available is titled, The Buddha's Radical Psychology: Explorations.The Buddha's teachings are, at heart, a way of life based on a revolutionary psychology which emphasizes the...
What else other than the Big Bang Singularity?
What else other than the Big Bang Singularity? Since my childhood I have been ‘ affascinato ’ with astronomy and cosmology. I lived in the relative darkness at night in suburban Illinois and the night sky was a display of planets, stars and even satellites...
What Is Your Newest Book About?
Since I first posted about the publication of my newest Book- The Buddha's Radical Psychology: Explorations , I have had numerous inquirers asking about the content of the book. I thought the quickest look at the book contents would be to list the...
Li and Chi representing hidden and manifest Actuality
After reading Ruth E. Kastner’s book, Understanding our Unseen Reality , (2015) and re-reading sections of R.G.H. Siu’s book, Chi, (1974) , out of an interest, I decided to speculate about an apparent commonality between two perspectives. While throughout...
Knowing and Not Knowing – What is Possible?
Knowing and Not Knowing – What is Possible? ‘Human thinking can only imagine reality, just as a portrait represents a person. And as a portrait is not “the person” it represents, likewise any theory is not “the reality” it describes. We then must humbly...
Enlightenment: Psychological Transformation and Transcendence
Enlightenment: Psychological Transformation and Transcendence “We all agree that the subjective world is a mental construction that emerges from interaction between ‘actuality’ and fashion it into a subjective psychic reality.” Daniel N. Stern M.D. Recently...
Actuality and Reality in the Buddha's Teachings
Actuality and Reality in the Buddha's Teachings I was surfing the net and came across an image of two sign posts, each pointing in an opposite direction; one direction pointed to Reality and the other, Truth. This demarcation was surprising because...
Transformation through Buddha Wisdom
Transformation and happiness through 'Buddha Wisdom' This blog I wrote for another forum but wanted to add it here. My weekend retreat began similar to others I had attended at the Buddhadharma Center, in a pleasant suburban setting about 30 miles...
The Biological Origin of “Self”
blogs.it rodger-r-ricketts "Everything should be as simple as it can be but not simpler!” ~ Albert Einstein The Biological Origin of “Self” In my book, The Buddha’s Teachings: Seeing Without Illusion, I explore the Buddha’s concept of Anatta, or no-self. I show that the Buddha...
What IS Mindfulness? A Perspective that the Buddha Taught.
http://rodger-r-ricketts.blogs.it/2014/02/23/what-is-mindfulness-a-perspective-as-taught-by-the-buddha-17809430/ There is confusion among professionals about the meaning and application of the practise of Mindfulness. This 'blog' explores that topic and comes to the conclusion that the Buddha meant Sati or Mindfulness to mean a function similar to what is...
My New Book The Buddha's Teachings: Seeing without Illusion - revised/expanded ed
My new book incorporates the writings of contemporary Buddhist scholar, psychologists, cognitive scientists and physicists to provide a fascinating and authoritative framework for the interpretation of the Buddha's teachings. In this revised and expanded...
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Maintaining Homeostasis
The most accepted homeostasis definition is the body’s ability to maintain a stable state of healthy function. Homeostasis is how your body maintains a steady temperature pattern, a stable flow of blood through the body, which provides optimal nourishment...
What are necessary conditions for a democracy?
In my conversations with Italians, often they despair about their government. The two things that are most mentioned is that they don’t feel represented by the multi-party system here and that the present P.M. and other politicians are stifling honest...
The Planetary Perfect Storm
This bog (originally written in 2010) is about the obvious convergence of two planetary “storms” that together are going to have obvious and predictable catastrophic consequences for all living beings on planet earth. However, as different from the forces...
Clearly Stating the Obvious Inscrutability of Existence
“ Everything should be as simple as it can be but not simpler!” Albert Einstein This short essay takes serious the advice of Albert Einstein and will satisfactorily clarify the title in a couple of paragraphs. One of the topics that I discussed in my...
Stephen Hawking and Alien life forms
http://rodger-r-ricketts.blogs.it R ecently the world renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking created a stir by saying, "If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans. Such advanced aliens...
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meditation/mindfulness teacher, author on Buddhist psychology

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