Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 55, Issue 5, pp 1585–1595 | Cite as

Beyond Mindfulness: Buddha Nature and the Four Postures in Psychotherapy

  • James Sacamano
  • Jennifer K. Altman
Psychological Exploration


We propose to incorporate the contextual view of the Buddhist teachings of the Three Turnings into applications of mindfulness in psychotherapy; specifically by applying the teaching of the Four Postures, which are expressions of innate health in ordinary life activities. This practice may expand understanding of the core mechanisms of different modalities of mindfulness and psychotherapy, thereby supporting clinicians in guiding clients on a healing path that is in natural alignment with each individual. By its allegiance to inherent wakefulness (Buddha Nature), this teaching supports clients in appreciating their own inherent health and the health of the world around them.


Mindfulness Psychotherapy Buddhism Meditation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryIsland HealthVictoriaCanada
  2. 2.Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Life Sciences Building, Room 317University of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA

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