The Courage to Be Present: Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and the Awakening of Natural Wisdom

The Courage to Be Present: Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and the Awakening of Natural Wisdom

by Karen Kissel Wegela

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590308301
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 12/07/2010
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,106,879
Product dimensions: 13.76(w) x 10.94(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Karen Kissel Wegela, PhD, is a psychotherapist and professor of contemplative psychology at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. A longtime student of Buddhism, she speaks to professionals about the connections between Buddhism and psychotherapy and writes a popular blog at psychologytoday.com. She is also the author of The Courage to Be Present: Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and the Awakening of Natural Wisdom.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: What Is a Bodhisattva? xi

Part 1 The Path of Awakening Natural Wisdom

1 The Awakened Heart of the Bodhisattva 3

2 Acknowledging Suffering: The First Noble Truth 13

3 Why Are We So Confused? The Second Noble Truth 18

4 Beyond Suffering: The Third Noble Truth 25

5 The Path: The Fourth Noble Truth 30

6 Emptiness Is Not Nothingness 36

7 May I Be a Bridge, a Ship, or a ... Psychotherapist? An Introduction to Contemplative Psychotherapy 43

Part 2 Connecting with the Heart of a Bodhisattva

8 Meditation: The Practice of Connecting with Ourselves 57

9 The First Immeasurable: Loving-Kindness 68

10 The Second Immeasurable: Compassion 80

11 The Third Immeasurable: Joy 89

12 The Fourth Immeasurable: Equanimity 97

Part 3 Engaging in Bodhisattva Activity

13 Generosity: The First of the Awakened Actions 109

14 Discipline: The Second of the Awakened Actions 119

15 Patience: The Third of the Awakened Actions 129

16 Practices in Patience 137

17 Our Natural Resources: Working with Emotions 145

18 Exertion: The Fourth of the Awakened Actions 153

19 Meditation: The Fifth of the Awakened Actions 162

20 The Body-Speech-Mind Practice for Working with Exchange 175

21 Wisdom: The Sixth of the Awakened Actions 184

22 Dedicating the Merit 195

Notes 199

Bibliography 205

Resources 209

Index 211

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