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Zen Therapy: Transcending the Sorrows of the Human Mind

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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 ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published November 18th 1997 by John Wiley & Sons (first published 1995)
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Steve Woods
This is an amazing book. In many ways it tells me why my exposure to the so called mental health profession has, with one or two exceptions, been a waste of time at best and destructive in ways that simply aggravated the problem at worst. The lack of answers, the lack of guidance, the lack of anything to provide insight into my own suffering and the dependence on western models of psychotherapy, (including the use of medication) almost killed me through despair. Perhaps things for me are more co ...more
This is a wise and insightful book with a steady and clear vpoce. It is wide and deep, though something beyond this. Very concise and clear introduction to aspects of buddhist psychology and its relationship with western therapy, particularly that informed by Carl Rogers.
Jan 10, 2010 Nash rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone.
David Brazier is one of the heavy-weight in western writers and practitioners who have brought Zen to the western medical hemisphere. Just when I thought I lost all hope of connecting vipassana (mindfulness), Zen and the benefits it could bring into the contemporary world, I discovered this book! What a relief! I mean, it was through this book that I discovered for the first time, clearly, the kind of comparison I've always searched for - - the link between the word "mindfulness" and "Zen." Well ...more
Helen Carter
A wonderful book. I feel I've learnt a lot, yet know I will need to return again and again to it in order to extract all the wisdom. I'd recommend this book to Buddhists, Therapists and those who straddle both healing traditions.
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authority on Buddhist psychology, spiritual teacher, Buddhist priest, commentator, author, poet, psychotherapist, traveller, President of Instituto terrapin Zen internacional (ITZI), Head of the Amida Order, co-ordinator of the Eleusis centre in France, patron of the Tathagata Trust in India, has written nine books and many chapters, papers and articles.
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