WORKSHOP 1: SNOW UPON A SILVER PLATE [ 銀盌盛雪]: PRINCIPLES OF BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY & THEIR PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC APPLICATION
In this workshop we shall introduce and review important aspects of Buddhist psychology including the conditioned and unconditioned mind, object relatedness, skandha process, the unity of path and goal, bodhichitta, the bodhisattva ideal, and transference of merit. We shall relate these principles to ordinary life situations and problems and see how the Buddha way provides degrees of liberation, both sudden and gradual, for ordinary people with worldly problems and advanced spiritual practitioners alike. No matter where you are on the path, this wisdom shows the way. The workshop will apply the basic principles to counselling and psychotherapy scenarios and we shall practice relevant skills and attitudes, theory and its application. This is a suitable workshop for beginners and a good workshop for those who want to revise their understanding of fundamental principles.
WORKSHOP 2: FACING THE MIRROR [ 如臨寶鏡 ] : PSYCHOTHERAPY AS PER THE JEWEL MIRROR SAMADHI
This workshop on psychotherapy will take as its theme the idea of the mirror mind advanced in such texts as Sandokai and, especially, the Jewel Mirror Samadhi. By this means we can see clearly the connections between Buddhist practice and psychotherapeutic change. Psychotherapy as developed in the West has tended to be a procedures administered by a professional aimed to bring about a change in the client, yet in Buddhism it is clear that ultimately the professional and the client are on the same path and that the mirror effect between them is the manner in which the Dharma appears in the world. The manifestation of Dharma is therefore a special form of encounter. This encounter does have a transformative effect upon the participants and so does constitute psychotherapy, but the focus and emphasis in practice is more upon the actual meeting of heart and mind. In this workshop we shall study what this means and look at its application, taking principles of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi Song [ 寶鏡三昧歌 ] as maxims..
WORKSHOP 3: THE WOODEN FIGURE SINGS [木人方歌 ] : MIRROR MIND MASTER CLASS
In this workshop there will be a number of psychotherapy demonstrations with opportunity for analysis and discussion of the work done, together with group exercises providing opportunity for individuals to develop their skills and approach as well as advance in their own personal growth, change and liberation. The approach demonstrated is the “methodless method” of spiritual encounter in which it is not so much the application of techniques as the finding of a way uniquely in each case to allow the truth [如是之法] to manifest in spontaneous action and tangible form. This has to take into account both the “dark” and “light” aspects of the situation. Change commonly comes through reaction to shifting conditions, internal as well as external and the encounter with a teacher or therapist can be such a shift or switch. This, therefore, is not simply a matter of technique but rather one of co-creation guided and formed in a mysterious (unconscious, spontaneous) way that transcends the individuals.
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