Zen Therapy: Transcending the Sorrows of the Human Mind / Edition 1

Zen Therapy: Transcending the Sorrows of the Human Mind / Edition 1

by David Brazier, Brazier
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0471155632

ISBN-13: 9780471155638

Pub. Date: 08/28/1996

Publisher: Wiley

Zen Therapy "The ‘I’ seems to be harassed in every way all day, and it feels constricted, inhibited, fearful of acting in the way it likes, and depending upon outsiders all the time for directions. What is this ‘I’ that resents all these oppressions from without, revolting, complaining, irritated, upset, despondent, wavering, unable to be

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Zen Therapy "The ‘I’ seems to be harassed in every way all day, and it feels constricted, inhibited, fearful of acting in the way it likes, and depending upon outsiders all the time for directions. What is this ‘I’ that resents all these oppressions from without, revolting, complaining, irritated, upset, despondent, wavering, unable to be decisive? When you ask a question in the Zen sense of the term, you must feel somewhere deep within yourself another ‘you’ or ‘I’ who is really above these psychological annoyances. Zen wants you to put your finger on this ‘I’…" —D. T. Suzuki When Gautama Buddha first set forth the principles of what came to be known as Buddhism, it was, above all, in an effort to help people achieve freedom from mental suffering. In the twenty-five hundred years since the death of the "Great Physician," his disciples have continued to expand upon his teachings and to develop sophisticated psychotherapeutic methodologies. Yet, only recently has Western medicine begun to take its first tentative steps toward recognizing and embracing the therapeutic potential of Buddhism. In a book that will do much to advance the fusion of two great psychotherapeutic traditions, psychotherapist David Brazier offers mental health practitioners in the West a fresh perspective on Buddhist psychology and demonstrates how Zen Buddhist techniques can be integrated successfully into their clinical practices. Writing from the perspective of a Western psychotherapist, Dr. Brazier successfully demystifies Buddhist psychology for fellow practitioners. He carefully explains the conceptual foundations of Buddhist thought, and with the help of numerous case studies, he clearly demonstrates their clinical applications. While Zen Therapy challenges many basic assumptions of Western psychology, this book is no mere polemic. Instead, its goal is to help mental health practitioners—and a growing population of interested laypeople—broaden their clinical horizons by showing them how Zen can function both as a viable therapeutic approach and a practical path to personal growth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471155638
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.74(h) x 1.01(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Technical Terms 7

Part 1 Foundations

1 First Steps 11

2 Clean Space 22

3 Buddha Nature 33

4 Core Ethnics 44

5 Tranquility 54

6 Mindfulness 64

Part 2 Buddhist Psychology

7 Introduction to Part Two 77

8 Root Relations 87

9 Perception and Will 95

10 Association 112

11 All Change 124

12 Body Zen 136

13 Support 136

14 Karma 158

15 Feeding 168

16 Dhyana and Path 178

Part 3 Therapy as a Zen Way

17 Compassion 191

18 Love 201

19 Wisdom 212

20 Secret Way 223

21 Loss as Teacher 234

22 Letting Go 244

23 Coming Home 255

Glossary 267

Bibliography 271

Index 277

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