Buddhism and therapy

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

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  • Part 1 (download)

    Part 2 (download)

    Among the topics covered in Parts 1 and 2:

    • 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
    • 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

    Questions & Answers (download)

    • 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

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