Already Free: Buddhism Meets Psychotherapy on the Path of Liberation

Already Free: Buddhism Meets Psychotherapy on the Path of Liberation

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Overview

Why are more and more psychotherapists embracing meditation practice, while so many Buddhists are exploring psychology? "Both psychology and Buddhism seek to provide freedom from suffering," explains Bruce Tift, "yet each offers a completely different approach for reaching this goal." In Already Free, Tift opens a fresh and provocative dialogue between these two profound perspectives on the human condition.

Tift reveals how psychotherapy’s "Developmental" approach of understanding the way our childhood wounds shape our adult selves both contradicts and supports the "Fruitional" approach of Buddhism, which tells us that the freedom we seek is always available. In this investigation, he uncovers insights for connecting with authentic experience, releasing behaviors that no longer serve us, enhancing our relationships, and more. "When we use the Western and Eastern approaches together," writes Bruce Tift, "they can help us open to all of life—its richness, its disturbances, and its inherent completeness."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622034116
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/2015
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 128,871
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Bruce Tift
Bruce Tift, MA, LMFT, has been in private practice since 1979, has taught at Naropa University for 25 years, and has given presentations in the US, Mexico, and Japan. A practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism for more than 35 years, he had the good fortune to be a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and to meet a number of realized teachers.

Table of Contents

Foreword Tami Simon xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Developmental View 15

Chapter 2 The Fruitional View 57

Chapter 3 A Dialogue Between the Developmental and Fruitional Views 95

Chapter 4 Experiencing Anxiety and Struggle 131

Chapter 5 Embodied Awareness 167

Chapter 6 All Relative Experience Is Relational 207

Chapter 7 Relationship as an Evolving Path 247

Chapter 6 A Good State of Mind, Regardless of Circumstance 289

Acknowledgments 321

About the Author 323

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