Courage to Be Present Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and the Awakening of Natural Wisdom

ISBN-10: 1590308301
ISBN-13: 9781590308301
Edition: 2011
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/7/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.616

The quality of presence a therapist or counselor brings to the therapeutic relationship can make all the difference in the world in how effective treatment is. But an open, compassionate presence doesnrs"t just happen. Here, a seasoned psychotherapist shows how therapists-and anyone-can cultivate the presence of healing by using as their model the Buddhist figure of the bodhisattva, the archetype of compassionate service. For the growing number of professional counselors interested in meditation and Buddhist concepts, this book provides ways for integrating those principles and practices into their work with clients. Dr. Wegela brings together her years of teaching psychology at the graduate level and practicing psychotherapy with clients, along with thirty years of meditation experience, to show just how useful Buddhist principles can be for enhancing the therapeutic process.

Curt Holley was born in Denton, Texas. His parents moved the family to CA when he was 12. He was raised in Central CA. He retired from the City of Modesto as an electrical supervisor in 1992. He started writing short stories, as one of his hobbies. Another hobby (short lived) was making 'moonshine'. It ended when his still blew-up! He decided writing short stories wasn't as dangerous a hobby. Today, he and his wife of 33 yrs and their two spoiled dogs reside in Riverbank CA.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: What Is a Bodhisattva?
The Path of Awakening Natural Wisdom
The Awakened Heart of the Bodhisattva
Acknowledging Suffering: The First Noble Truth
Why Are We So Confused? The Second Noble Truth
Beyond Suffering: The Third Noble Truth
The Path: The Fourth Noble Truth
Emptiness Is Not Nothingness
May I Be a Bridge, a Ship, or a ... Psychotherapist? An Introduction to Contemplative Psychotherapy
Connecting with the Heart of a Bodhisattva
Meditation: The Practice of Connecting with Ourselves
The First Immeasurable: Loving-Kindness
The Second Immeasurable: Compassion
The Third Immeasurable: Joy
The Fourth Immeasurable: Equanimity
Engaging in Bodhisattva Activity
Generosity: The First of the Awakened Actions
Discipline: The Second of the Awakened Actions
Patience: The Third of the Awakened Actions
Practices in Patience
Our Natural Resources: Working with Emotions
Exertion: The Fourth of the Awakened Actions
Meditation: The Fifth of the Awakened Actions
The Body-Speech-Mind Practice for Working with Exchange
Wisdom: The Sixth of the Awakened Actions
Dedicating the Merit
Notes
Bibliography
Resources
Index

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