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1st workshop : 30th July to 3rd August - 5days
Most Precious Relationship
Sometimes the relationship between a client and therapist is practical and instrumental. Sometimes it is deep and personal. Sometimes the therapist is providing a technical service and the client is just a customer. Sometimes, however, the relationship with the therapist becomes, for a time, an important (or even the most important) relationship in the client’s life. Sometimes it is the relationship that is keeping the client from suicide. The depth of trust depends upon conditions. A level is established naturally, but it is important that the therapist provide the conditions for this to happen in an optimum way. Thus there is a great responsibility upon the therapist to create conditions where the appropriate level can be found and sustained for the necessary period. Life can be viewed as a network of relationships and generally people seek stability in their relationship constellation. However, the therapy relationship is different in being intentionally time limited and catalytic rather than permanent. Relationships have many degrees of intensity and different qualities. In therapy we can distinguish the different types of relationships that form and the different effects that these can have upon the life of the client. These relationship mirror the relationships that the client has in ordinary life, from the most instrumental to the most intimate. In the spiritual life too, relations within a sangha or between a master and disciple may take on a similar constellation of forms. In this workshop we shall look at the therapeutic relationship from a number of different perspectives and at how it interacts with the past, present and future family, friendship and other relationships of the client, creating the conditions for personal growth, transformation and liberation.

2nd workshop: 6th August to 10th August - 5days
Entering the Cave of Vijñana
The client says, “I know what I should do, but something stops me.” Why do we defeat ourselves? Do we really know why we makes the life choices we do? Usually not. We rationalise after the event. Therapy explores matters hidden within the psyche of the client. When the word vijñana is translated as “consciousness” in Buddhist books, this is somewhat misleading. “Consciousness” suggests the material that one is fully aware of. When Buddha talks about vijnaña he is talking about levels of the mind of which we only have partial awareness, or no awareness at all. In life we have to take many things for granted and we build up a store or repertoire of ways of dealing with the world. In Western psychology this is sometimes called the “frame of reference”. Entering the client’s storehouse is like going into a cave. We take a little light, but we are surrounded by darkness. The cave is full of samskaras - patterns, expectations, karmic seeds, old scores, habits, superstitions and archtypes. We can mostly only tell what is going on by induction. We do not have direct perception, but can discern the client’s way of approaching life and intuitively enter into an empathic understanding that gives some feel for what is happening deeper down. Sometimes the job of therapy is to bring these hidden contents up into the light of consciousness, but usually doing so is not healing in itself and is never a permanent solution. The deeper mind needs to be able to function without interference in its mysterious ways, but when it is creating trouble, some change has to be sought and this is the job of therapy and spiritual growth. It is not sufficient to know the right way to behave: many people know what they should do, but do not do it. There are stronger forces at work than the merely conscious and rational and this is why Buddha talks about vijñana. In this workshop we shall examine these fundamental aspects of therapy and seek skilful mans to bring about healthy change in ourselves and others.

3rd workshop: 13th to 16th August - 4days
Master Class
Four days of therapy demonstration and reflection. Participants should be willing to discuss their own lives, interact with the therapist and be willing for these interactions to be discussed by the participant group. This is a workshop primarily for people with some experience of psychotherapy, preferably both in the role of therapist and client. Participants should have attended at least one of Dr. Brazier’s courses previously. There will be opportunity to discuss the fine points of the therapy process on the basis of live examples. This is an excellent way to learn and to develop one’s therapeutic intuition. The art of therapy cannot be mastered merely by imitation, but we can learn from observing the example of others, just as an apprentice learns at the side of the master but then must go and be a master him or herself and produce unique work. Again, no two pieces of therapy are identically the same. Thus we are learning to appreciate the art, not merely the techniques. People are not machines: they grow and develop in meaningful ways. Each is on his or her spiritual journey, yet we are, in another sense, all in this together. In the histories of the great Buddhist masters, it was generally a significant encounter that brought about their illumination. Only when we open our heart to another can we heal and be healed.


Dr David Brazier, English Buddhist teacher, President of International Zen therapy Institute, is a doctor of philosophy in Buddhist psychology. He lectures internationally on Buddhism, psychology and psychotherapy. He is the author of ten published books with another in press. His best known books are Zen Therapy and The Feeling Buddha. His next book is a detailed analysis of the text Genjo Koan, by Japanese Zen Master Dogen. Dr. Brazier lives in semi-retreat in a remote part of France but spends part of each year travelling, teaching and giving personal consultations. In addition to his psychotherapeutic work, he has been an innovator in the fields of social aid and of mental health in a number of countries, including refugee aid in India, post-war rehabilitation in Bosnia and a number of initiatives for psychiatric patients and deprived youth in Britain. He has been a founder of spiritual communities and is the head of the Amida Shu, a Pureland Buddhist order practising devotion to Amitabha Buddha.

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Course 3 Day 4 Final

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Minsun Sung Aug 19. 1 Reply

MORNING SESSIONSMALL GROUPS Review the work of yesterdayDEMONSTRATION SESSION Client talked about fluctuating energy levels and difficulties in relationship with significant person in her current life. Therapist elicited a little of the history and…Continue

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MORNING SESSIONSMALL GROUPSReviewing work of yesterdayLECTURETopics1. The Four immeasurables: Love, Compassion, Sympathetic joy, Equanimity (Maitri, Karuna, Muditas, Upeksha)2. The therapy process model (similar material to last week, but in a bit…Continue

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MORNING SESSIONREFLECTIONMind/heart precedes states. Mind/heart is chief. Mind made are they. Act with impure heart, suffering follows as the wheel the hoof. Act with pure heart, blessings follow as a shadow that never leaves- Therapy is an attempt…Continue

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MORNING SESSIONLECTUREThis lecture established the importance of encounter in the Buddhist tradition. In the stories of great masters, most became enlightened as a result of an inter-personal encounter. The sutras are full of accounts of encounters…Continue

Course 1 Day 5 Final

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MORNING SESSIONINPUTBrief input on the nature and purpose of psychotherapy, distinguishing it from utilitarian counselling. Some counselling seeks simply to solve practical problems and this is useful, but psychotherapy aims to achieve a deeper…Continue

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MORNING SESSIONINPUTOne of the demonstrations from yesterday could be analysed as the following sequence:CONTACT -> WARM UP -> PERMISSION -> CATHARTIC SHIFT ->WORKING THROUGH (including integration & secondary insights)This sequence…Continue

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MORNING SESSIONREVIEWIn small groups reviewing learning so far.INPUTThe rest of the morning was taken with a lecture on the 18 dhatu sense bases and the five skandhas.- The six senses each have an object, an organ and a power. 6x3=18 dhatu. In the…Continue

Course 2 Day 4

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It is OK to be human."Should" is an obstacle to therapy.RUPA -> VEDANA -> SAMJNA -> SAMSKARA -> VIJNANAVIJNANA = Intention -> AttentionMORNING SESSIONQUESTIONSWe had an extensive discussion around the matter of explicit and implicit…Continue

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Head --------------------------------------------> HeartDiscussion --------------------------------------> ExperienceTalking about -----------------------------------> Working onConscious, rational known --------------------> Intuitive,…Continue

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MORNING SESSION18 people in the group, 6 of them new.INTRODUCTORY REMARKS - Can we develop a Buddhist theory of the unconscious? - Buddhism is substantially about how to free ourselves from compulsive habits that we do not understand - Although the…Continue

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Comment by Minsun Sung on August 15, 2018 at 2:30

How great it is to sit with the therapist and experience a new dimension of working through process for the part of the client for herself. Motivation and doubt become clear and finally she can choose what she wants and knock the door toward a neutral Karma, that is different from previous ones. By then, issue or tension she brought at the beginning disapeares and finally she comes to tranquility and peace.The issue may not be an  issue any more or any longer( I am not sure which is correct). Motivation is clear, and the doubt goes on and on!  Doubt of what, why, from and to where, and etc., a long way to go with. Thank you for the experience and for the mindful teacher who says he is in love with all of the clients. 

Comment by JAESUNG KIM on August 1, 2018 at 8:04

2018 Summer Zen Therapy 3 Workshops by David Brazier
2018년 여름 데이빗 브레이저 박사의 선치료 워크숍

1st workshop : 30th July to 3rd August - 5days
Most Precious Relationship


1 차 워크숍 : 2018년 7월 30일 ~ 8월 3일(5일)가장 소중한 관계
때로는 내담자와 치료사의 관계는 실제적이며 도구적입니다. 때로는 그것은 깊고 개인적입니다. 때로는 치료사가 전문적인 서비스를 제공하고 있으며 내담자는 단지 내담자 일뿐입니다. 그러나 때로는 치료사와의 관계는 내담자의 삶에서 중요한 (심지어 가장 중요한) 관계가 됩니다. 때로는 그 관계는 내담자의 자살을 막아주는 관계입니다. 신뢰의 깊이는 조건들에 달려 있습니다. (신뢰의) 레벨은 자연스럽게 설정되지만, 치료사가 최적의 방법으로 이 상황을 제공하는 것이 중요합니다. 따라서 적절한 수준을 발견하고 필요한 기간 동안 지속할 수 있는 조건을 만드는 일에 치료사의 큰 책임이 있습니다. 인생은 관계 네트워크로 볼 수 있으며 일반적으로 사람들은 관계 배열에서 안정성을 찾습니다. 그러나 치료 관계는 영속적이기 보다는 의도적으로 시간 제한적이고 촉매적이라는 점에서 다릅니다. 관계에는 많은 강도의 단계와 다른 특징들이 있습니다. 치료에서 우리는 서로 다른 유형의 관계와 이러한 관계가 내담자의 삶에 미칠 수 있는 다양한 영향이 있다는 점을 구별 할 수 있습니다. 이 관계는 내담자의 일상적인 삶에서 가장 도구적인 것에서 가장 친밀한 것까지 내담자가 갖는 관계를 반영합니다. 영적 삶에서도 상가(출가공동체) 안에서의 관계 또는 주인과 제자 사이의 관계는 비슷한 형식의 위상을 가질 수 있습니다. 이 워크숍에서 우리는 여러 가지 관점에서 치료적 관계를 관찰하고 그것이 과거, 현재, 미래의 가족, 우정 및 내담자의 다른 관계와 어떻게 상호 작용하여 개인적인 성장, 변형 및 해방을 위한 조건을 창출하는지 살펴볼 것입니다.

2nd workshop: 6th August to 10th August - 5days
Entering the Cave of Vijñana
2 차 워크숍 : 8월 6일 ~ 8월 10일 (5일)
비즈냐나(무의식)의 동굴에 들어가기
내담자는 말합니다. "내가 해야 할 일을 알고 있지만 뭔가가 나를 가로 막습니다." 왜 우리는 스스로를 좌절시킬까요? 우리는 왜 우리 인생에서 어떤 선택을 하는지 진정으로 알고 있습니까? 보통은 모르고 있습니다. 우리는 사건이 일어난 후에 합리화합니다. 치료는 내담자의 마음(psyche) 속에 숨겨진 문제를 탐구합니다. 위즈냐나vijñana가 불교 서적에서 "의식"으로 번역 될 때, 이것은 오해의 소지가 있습니다. "의식"은 완전히 알고 있는 자료를 제시합니다. 붓다가 위즈냐나vijnaña에 관해 이야기 할 때, 그는 우리가 부분적인 인식만 가지고 있거나 전혀 인식하지 못하는 마음의 수준에 관해 이야기하고 있습니다. 인생에서 우리는 당연한 것으로서 많은 것을 취해야 하며, 우리는 세계를 다루는 방법의 상점이나 레퍼토리를 구축합니다. 서양 심리학에서는 이를 종종 "준거 틀"이라고 부릅니다. 내담자의 창고에 들어가는 것은 동굴속으로 들어가는 것과 같습니다. 우리는 작은 불빛 가지고 있지만 어둠에 둘러싸여 있습니다. 동굴 속은 삼스카라samskaras로 가득합니다. 그것은 패턴, 기대, 업의 씨앗, 오래된 상처들, 습관, 미신과 원형들입니다. 대부분 우리는 귀납적 추리에 의해서 일어나는 일들을 말할 수 있을 뿐입니다. 우리는 직접적으로 지각하지 않지만, 내담자의 삶의 접근 방식을 이해할 수 있으며, 직감적으로 공감적 이해로 들어 갈 수 있습니다. 이 공감적 이해를 통해서 지금 일어나고 있는 일을 더 깊게 느낄 수 있게 됩니다. 때로는 치료 작업은 이러한 숨겨진 내용을 의식의 빛으로 가져 오는 것이지만, 보통 그렇게 하는 것은 그 자체로 치유가 아니며 결코 영구적인 해결책이 아닙니다. 더 깊은 마음은 신비스런 방식으로 간섭받지 않고 기능 할 수 있어야하지만, 마음이 문제를 만들어 낼 때 어떤 변화를 찾아야 하며 이것이 치료와 영적인 성장의 작업입니다. 올바른 행동 방식을 아는 것만으로는 충분하지 않습니다. 많은 사람들이 해야 할 일을 알고 있지만 실행하지 마십시오. 단지 의식적이고 합리적인 것보다 더 강력한 힘이 작용하고 있으며, 이것이 붓다가 비즈냐나에 대해 말하는 이유입니다. 이 워크숍에서 우리는 치료의 이러한 기본적인 측면을 검토하고 자신과 타인에게 건강한 변화를 가져올 숙련된 방법(善巧方便)을 찾습니다.


3rd workshop(master course): 13th to 16th August - 4days
Master Class
3 차 워크숍 (마스터 코스) : 8월 13일 ~ 16 일 (4일)
전문가 반
4일 간의 치료 시연과 반영. 참가자는 자신의 삶에 대해 토론하고 치료자와 상호 작용하며 참가자 그룹이 토론 할 수 있는 상호작용을 기꺼이 받아 들여야 합니다. 이것은 주로 심리치료의 경험이 있는 사람들을 위한 워크숍이며, 치료자와 내담자의 역할을 해본 경험이 필요합니다. 참가자는 이전에 브레이저 박사가 지도한 코스 중 적어도 한번 참석했어야합니다. 실제 사례를 토대로 치료 과정의 미세한 부분을 논의 할 수 있는 기회가 주어질 것입니다. 이것은 참가자의 치료적 직감을 배우고 발전시키는 훌륭한 방법입니다. 치료의 예술은 단순히 모방으로 마스터 할 수는 없지만, 견습생이 스승의 측면을 배우는 것처럼 다른 사람들의 치료사례를 관찰함으로서 배울 수 있습니다. 그 후 반드시 스스로 마스터하고 독창적인 작업을 만들어야합니다. 다시 말하지만, 두 치료는 똑같은 것은 아닙니다. 따라서 우리는 단순히 기술이 아니라 예술을 이해하는 법을 배우고 있습니다. 사람들은 기계가 아닙니다. 의미 있는 방식으로 성장하고 발전합니다. 우리 모두는 자신의 영적 여정에 있지만, 다른 의미에서 이 모든 여정을 함께 합니다. 위대한 불교 스승들의 역사에서, 그것은 일반적으로 그들의 깨달음을 가져 오는 중요한 만남이었습니다. 우리는 다른 사람에게 마음을 열 때만 치유하고 치유될 수 있습니다.

국제선치료연구소(International Zen therapy Institute)의 대표인 데이빗 브레이저David Brazier 박사는 불교심리학 박사이다. 그는 불교, 심리학 및 심리치료에 관해 국제적으로 가르치고 있다. 그는 10권의 책을 저술 한 저자이며 출판준비 중인 책도 있다. 그의 가장 잘 알려진 책은

Comment by Nando on August 1, 2018 at 6:28

Good morning, it's nice to know that you are teaching these days in Asia! I wonder if it's still possible to join some workshop. Please, could you provide us with some link                 to practical info about the courses?

Thank you and enjoy your time in Korea!

 

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Posted by David Brazier on August 3, 2018 at 1:40 2 Comments

I am currently leading courses on Buddhist psychology here in Seoul, Korea, but as I am putting the course onto this site as we go along, members of La Ville au Roi (Eleusis) are also responding so it is a bit as though the course is going on in several countries at the same time which is nice.

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Posted by Geeta Chari on July 16, 2018 at 0:00 1 Comment

From The Paris Review:

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The Buddha, Season 1, Episode 1

Posted by Geeta Chari on June 29, 2018 at 9:21 1 Comment

I have been watching The Buddha on Netflix, and although I came well-prepared to scoff, there is a surprising amount of food for thought from a Pureland perspective. What follows is a review of the Pureland touches in the episode, coloured inevitably by my upbringing in India, although I have now lived in Britain for more than half my life.

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Nembutsu Question

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on April 20, 2018 at 8:22 1 Comment

I found this in a book that I'm reading. It has challenged my current "understanding" of the Nembutsu. I tend to think of the name itself as salvation and the bridge to the Pure Land...

"...Nembutsu is not a means to gain salvation but a reflection of it. Shinran acknowledges there is nembutsu without true entrusting because he lived in an environment where nembutsu was recited for benefits and merit. By itself it cannot produce true entrusting. Nevertheless, they are inseparable as…

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