Zen Therapy: Transcending the Sorrows of the Human Mind

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"A potent source of inspiration for anyone interested in thetherapeutic potential of Buddhism. David Brazier writes withclarity and authority about the Zen way."—Mark Epstein, M.D.author of Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a BuddhistPerspective.

"Comprehensive and readable . . . should appeal to anyonebroadly interested in Buddhism."—Helen Sierodapsychosynthesis psychotherapist.

In this book, psychotherapist David Brazier offers readers inthe West a fresh perspective on Buddhist psychology anddemonstrates how Zen Buddhist techniques are integrated intopsychotherapy. Writing from the viewpoint of a Westernpsychotherapist, Dr. Brazier successfully demystifies Buddhistpsychology, explains the conceptual foundations of Buddhistthought, and with the help of vivid case studies, clearlydemonstrates how a Buddhist approach can provide a practical pathto personal growth.

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A practicing psychotherapist and Zen Buddhist, Brazier offers a fresh perspective on Buddhist psychology by presenting Zen, the essence of Buddhism, as a therapy and a practical path to personal growth. He introduces theory and method organized around the idea of helping people to find freedom from conditioning. The text also challenges several basic assumptions of Western psychology and helps demystify Buddhist psychology.

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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.

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