Welcome to this episode of ACT in Perspective podcast with our topic: Soto Zen Buddhism and the connection to psychological health with Rev Eric Daishin McCabe
Daishin McCabe describes his own personal journey that led to where he is today, starting with his
college days as a young student trying to make sense of the world and of his own suffering. We discuss
what Zen practice is, why the traditions are so meaningful and important, how he’s changed over the
years, the challenges he’s experienced, and we also get into a philosophical discussion related to the
illusion of a separate, independent, free-will ego.
What’s striking are the direct similarities between Zen teaching and the ACT behavioral processes that
lead to psychological flexibility – defusion, present moment awareness, mindful acceptance of all
thoughts and feelings, a fluid sense of self, the value-driven life, and a commitment to action – all wrapped up with a focus on compassion, a strong desire to benefit the welfare of others.
You can also view this on the ACT in Perspective youtube channel with visuals to help clarify terms and concepts.
Here are some additional links to Daishin McCabe's youtube channel:
For Yoga: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE6tInaFyLWp-nzjU7tvG49IJl0WaizmL
Short Meditations: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE6tInaFyLWq46Ssb-C57I2ERcHT3NKEo
Dharma Talks: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE6tInaFyLWpLSTNmUx6r6xwCTPTPegP2
And if people would like to make a donation to his work, they are welcome to go here: www.zenfields.org/giving/
They can email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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