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Zen Therapy: A Buddhist approach to psychotherapy by [Brazier, David]
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Comprehensive and readable and should appeal to anyone broadly interested in Buddhism. (Helen Sieroda, Interbeing)

An excellent reference book for basic Buddhist teachings . . . I would recommend a careful study of this to therapists and Buddhist practitioners alike (Ros Oliver, Self and Society)

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A Buddhist approach to psychotherapy

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 462 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (25 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008VSY6U8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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This is a book that will enlighten any therapist / buddhist or any other person seeking a chink of light in the dark tunnel of suffering. David Brazier is engaging and straightforward - the ability to state a well known truth in a manner which is accessible, informative and useful is an exceptional gift - Brazier has it in abundance. Whether you are interested in therapy or zen or just want some accessible pointers on the things that trouble you most - buy this book and read it - it will be a valuable source of pragmatic advice over and over again.
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I was recommended this book by my university supervisor when she discovered that for my mini research project I was attempting the subject of counselling as a spiritual process. For this reference, I shall always be thankful to her. ZEN THERAPY has been of immense use for my assignment but also, regardless of that, I have found it to be quite enlightening (no pun intended).

David Brazier writes in a way that makes you stop in your reading tracks and think about what he has just said. Although the insight may only be 'small' it never seems trivial. Plus, you know that he is writing from a very personal space - you know that he truly believes in what he is teaching.

The book is organised in 3 parts:-
Part 1 - Foundations
Part 2 - Buddhist Psychology
Part 3 - Therapy as a Zen Way

Whilst reading the first part of the book, I tagged loads of pages that I felt had an important passage for what I was looking for academically. And although there were times when I felt that Brazier was echoing my tutors, his words seemed much more tangible and thought out. For example, tutors on a counseling course shall try and impress upon you the importance of 'being there' for your client within the counselling room. Brazier describes this as follows:-
"Deeper acceptance begins with the therapist creating space inside themselves: a positively receptive frame of mind" (p.23). He then goes on to relate a story of Zen intellectual who visits a Zen master, who serves them tea. As the master pours the tea into a cup, he does not stop when the cup fills and then overflows. The explanation is that you liken the mind to the cup - if it is full it shall overflow. "If we are going to learn anything, we must first empty our minds" (p.24).
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What the other reviewers say really is true: The book does a good job of explaining buddhist psychology (though not necessarily from a Zen perspective!) and the author gets around to deliver his points in a very straightforward manner that bypasses the overly theoretical.

A bit dull to read, but highly recommended if you want to know more about the subject.
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This is an excellent book, combining the practice of Buddhism with delivering psychotherapy to clients. It also provides insight into practice generally, and is thoroughly recommended.
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Excellent book well written with lots of insights
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