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Buddhism and therapy

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)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.