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The quality of presence a psychotherapist or counselor brings to the therapeutic relationship makes all the difference in effective treatment. With this application of Buddhist practice to psychotherapy, Karen Kissel Wegela offers mental health professionals a new perspective on bringing compassion, patience, generosity, and equanimity to their work with clients. She also shows how counselors can apply this wisdom in their own lives, and how they can help their clients to cultivate these qualities in themselves.
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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
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