Buddhism and therapy

A talk given at the Shan You Counseling Centre in Singapore in October 2001.

The differences and similarities

  • Getting people to get in touch with their feelings and motivation, and learning to evaluate these
  • Similarities and differences between Buddhism and therapy
  • Ego, selflessness, sense of self


Counseling 01 (download)

Compassion and ethical discipline

  • Differentiating between love and attachment
  • Teaching the four opponent powers (purification practice) in a therapeutic context
  • How our compassion for others can help to heal ourselves
  • The role of ethical discipline in therapy

Counseling 02 (download)

Questions and answers

  • Mistaken ideas of what compassion is
  • How to help people to be honest about their mistakes
  • Counseling one who is yearning for love and acceptance
  • Helping people who have difficulty loving themselves
  • Preparing one’s mind before counseling others

Counseling 03: Q&A (download)

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