Zen Therapy

Zen Therapy : A Buddhist Approach to Psychotherapy

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Buddhism, from Abhidharma to Zen, offers a practical path to harmony of head and heart. For over 2,000 years Buddhists have been developing sophisticated psychologies to guide the work of achieving freedom from mental suffering. Now East and West are beginning to learn from each other. In a readable and practical manner, this book challenges basic assumptions of Western psychology, demystifies Buddhist psychology and presents Zen as a therapy. Giving examples of its effectiveness in psychotherapeutic practice, the author shows how Zen derives from the Buddhist theory of the mind and throws new light upon the Buddhist theory of relations and conditions. This seminal wok is a resource full of intriguing and controversial ideas.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 20mm | 199.58g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Robinson Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1841193526
  • 9781841193526
  • 192,380

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Comprehensive and readable and should appeal to anyone broadly interested in Buddhism. Helen Sieroda, Interbeing An excellent reference book for basic Buddhist teachings ... I would recommend a careful study of this to therapists and Buddhist practitioners alike Ros Oliver, Self and Society

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About David Brazier

David Brazier is a practising psychotherapist and Zen Buddhist and the director of an independent Buddhist training programme in the north of England. His previous books include Zen Therapy, The Feeling Buddha, and Beyond Carl Rogers: Towards a Psychotherapy for the 21st Century.

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Customer reviews

This book inspires me! My greatest interest has always been in the area where psychology, philosophy and spirituality meet and David Brazier has created a book that hits that spot. As someone interested in personal growth, I can sit at the feet of the author, be there in his therapy sessions and aspire to relate to others in the ways that he does. As someone who has trained as a therapist I am humbled by the depth of his caring and compassion for his clients and the extent of his skills. My interest in Zen and Buddhist teachings are satisfied by his explanations and examples. At times I would skip through the terminology like dhyana or maitri although all are explained within the text and the glossary. The author refers to many other works; there is a bibliography and a good index. If you like the works of Carl Rogers you�¢??ll love this book. I plan to re-read and dip into this book many times �¢?? it will be my companion for the rest of my life.show more
by Shabra Dowson