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These are selected Buddhist Psychology books for your consideration:

Caroline Brazier – The Buddhist Psychology: Liberate Your Mind, Embrace Life
Western therapeutic approaches have often put considerable emphasis on building self-esteem and enhancing a positive sense of self. This book challenges the assumption behind this approach. Most of us protect ourselves against being fully alive. Because we fear loss and pain, we escape by withdrawing from experiences and distracting ourselves with amusements. We fall into habitual ways of acting and limit our experience to the familiar. We create an identity which we think of as a ‘self’, and in so doing imprison our life-energy. For 2500 years Buddhism has developed an understanding of the way that we can easily fall into a deluded view. It has shown how the mind clings to false perceptions and tries to create permanence out of an ever changing world. Written by a practising therapist and committed Buddhist, this book explores the practical relevance of Buddhist teachings on psychology to our everyday experience. By letting go of our attachment to self, we open ourselves to full engagement with life and with others. We step out of our self-made prison.

As written on Amazon by user Anagarika: This book explores not only a very deep (linguistic and interpolation) meaning behind Four Noble Truth, The Six Senses, Five Skandhas, etc, other than the usual (common) explanation/translation but also provides different insights that helps building systematic understanding of the mind as described in Buddhist teachings.

By reading this, i have better intellectual understanding and can use some mental model to contemplate during meditation. It really helps to be really mindful, although i fail all the times to be mindful always, but the mental model helps tremendously!

At this point of view, i have not finished the book, but i read slowly and bring it to meditation, and i have no rush to complete it, just letting it grows on me at its own pace.(…)
Upon further reading and utilizing the mind models into daily practice, it is tremendously helpful to find tips on how to change the habitual pattern built since birth till the present. To recognize how a self conscious delusion arises, thus it is much easier to check and catch.
A highly recommended book for you if you really want to train your mind but you find traditional method of mind training too difficult and too abstract to apply, because it explains in very clear way what is the purpose of certain training (i.e. the bodhisattva vow).

Jack Kornfield – The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology
From Publishers Weekly: Author, psychologist and pioneering Buddhist teacher Kornfield writes his best book yet (and his previous ones were pretty good). His newest uses the same sweet narrative voice, provides convincing and illustrative anecdotes and stories, and reaches into world traditions and literature as well as contemporary scientific research. This book offers a systematic and well-organized view of Buddhist psychology, complete with occasional diagrams. Concepts and practices are placed in a framework that explains and connects them. It’s all done with an eye toward application; most chapters end with exercises. Kornfield has been practicing Buddhism for close to 40 years, a lasting discipline that has produced this masterful book and a seasoned view of life that acknowledges a lot of oopses. As a mediator and psychologist, he has also witnessed some serious angst, including his own, and draws on it for illustrative power. Not everything here is new, least of all the title, but then the Buddha isn’t either. The best is left for last: joy you can seek for yourself and others. Just keep your meditative seat, and this book by your bed. Kornfield comes across as the therapist you wish you’d had.

Jeremy D. Safran – Psychoanalysis and Buddhism: An Unfolding Dialogue

Psychoanalysis and Buddhism pairs Buddhist psychotherapists together with leading figures in psychoanalysis who have a general interest in the role of spirituality in psychology. The resulting essays present an illuminating discourse on these two disciplines and how they intersect. This landmark book challenges traditional thoughts on psychoanalysis and Buddhism and propels them to a higher level of understanding.