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Gay Watson, Ph. D.

I am a writer concerned with the dialogue between Buddhist thought, psychotherapy and the Mind Sciences.


After studying for a degree in Religious Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) and a professional training in Core Process Psychotherapy with the Karuna Institute in Devon, UK, I brought these two disciplines together for my doctoral dissertation on A Buddhist Inspiration for a Contemporary Psychotherapy.  With recent and ongoing discoveries in the field of Neuroscience I have become aware that science must be a third partner in this conversation in search of well-being.  The resonance of these new discoveries with the ‘first’ psychology of Buddhist dharma, albeit in a different language, brings another dimension to this dialogue.  It also, I believe, provides some foundation for the ‘art’ of psychotherapy.  I continue to explore these themes in teaching, writing and life.


My most recent book is Attention, Beyond Mindfulness, (Reaktion 2017), an exploration of attention through many disciplines and ways of life. It contains interviews with many scientists and artists skilled in practices of attention - click here for more information (PDF). This  discussion of practices of attention follows on from my previous book A Philosophy of Emptiness (Reaktion 2014) an exploration of ideas of emptiness from early Buddhism and Taoism and Greek thought through to contemporary philosophy, science and art practice.


Here are links to two interviews:
www.middlewaysociety.org and livingoutloudpodcast.org


Essay: Abundant Emptiness

Gay Watson. Ph.D.

Gay Watson