BUDDHISM AS A THERAPY INTERVENTION

An excellent blog about the benefits of Buddhism and its relation to Therapy, Well done!

Applied Buddhism

Over the years , as a Buddhist practitioner and minister; as well as a Licensed Social Worker; I have been very disheartened when I hear people talk about “Buddhist Therapy.” It is because it is never Buddhist AND therapy. When I read the literature over the years, I have seen many great Buddhist scholars talk about how Buddhism can help people’s suffering, and many great psychologists take Buddhist terms and concepts and apply it to therapeutic interventions. But I never read of someone taking the Buddha’s teachings and distilling it to an actual therapeutic intervention model. I believe that this is a first in developing such a direct therapeutic model.

The Buddha’s teachings were, in essence, one of the first therapeutic interventions. Whether attempting to achieve an enlightened state of Nirvanna or just to reduce the suffering anguish of dealing with life, the Buddha was working in a framework of promoting mental…

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