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Can a meditative practice assist and promote the healing relationship between psychotherapist and patient? The notable contributors to this practical book draw on a wide range of Eastern and Western disciplines—psychoanalysis, Gestalt, Aikido, and various Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist contemplative traditions—to show that it can. What they propose is a meeting between the ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 12th 1983 by Shambhala (first published 1983)
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Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: therapists, clients, those looking to awaken their heart
Rich, sensational compilation. Nearing 30 years old, I think this book is a testament to what is at the heart of therapeutic encounters - the simplicity of two people meeting, and the power of the therapist's presence.

It covers many facets and topics to do with the meeting of spirituality, contemplative practice, and therapy. The writing is beautiful and personable. And each chapter is direct and goes straight to the heart of what is being spoken about - it is both broad and deep in this respec
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This book is a collection of papers by some outstanding Buddhist practitioners and scholars about the potential of Buddhist thought and practice in the mental health helping professions. It points up the limitations of standard western psychology, which has essentially failed to deal with the mental health crisis of our times. The experience of most who find themselves in the hands of these professionals is at best peripheral, and at worst destructive, locking people into the unending cycle of s ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So rich in insight. Really helped me look at psychotherapy in a different way. Highly recommended.
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a unique book. I shared a hot tub with John and his wife at omega institute when I was 24 and studying Shambala training level 1 path of the spiritual warrior. He was a nice man
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John Welwood is an American clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, teacher, and author, known for integrating psychological and spiritual concepts.

Trained in existential psychology, Welwood did his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Chicago in 1974.

He has been the Director of the East/West Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and i

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