Two Weekends: 2 & 3 November 2019 + 4 & 5 April 2020
Two weekends in Buddhist Psychology and Other-Centred Psychotherapy, an approach developed in the UK which offers a practical and positive therapeutic approach based on Buddhist psychology and a combination of Western and Eastern therapy
Two weekends in Buddhist Psychology and Other-Centred Approach
2 & 3 November 2019
Buddhist Psychology and Compassion,
The quality of compassion is deeply important in interpersonal communication, and is also central to the message of Mahayana Buddhism. The implication of the word is 'to suffer with' and in this it is very close to, but not synonymous with, the more commonly used term 'empathy'. Whilst the two words are similar in their etymology, they are different in their feeling tone. The word compassion carries a stronger sense of active outreach and emotional connection. In compassion we 'suffer with' the other, whilst in empathy we come alongside them. This weekend will explore the deeper meanings of compassion, its implications in therapy and practices for its development. We will look at the concept of 'self-compassion' as developed by Paul Gilbert of Derby University UK as part of Compassion Focused Therapy and at ways in which it relates to a more other-focused approach.
4 & 5 April 2020
Buddhist Psychology:'Fear, Guilt and Shame',
This weekend workshop will focus on a trio of dark emotions which often support one another in a negative cycle of withdrawal from life. Buddhist psychology suggests that when we experience fear, we commonly take refuge in habitual patterns of reaction. These are often concerned with our sense of identity. We cling to the familiar and invite others to see us in familiar ways. Our patterns of reaction include perceptions, actions and emotions. Amongst emotional reactions, guilt is one of the most complex. It can reflect real remorse for things we have done wrong, and, if evoked in a healthy way, can lead to positive change. On the other hand, guilt is often mingled with negative identities and feeling guilty can become a way of avoiding things and distancing experience. When we fall into this latter kind of guilt, we may use self-blame as a way to mediate other life experiences and in some ways simplify our position. 'I am just bad so there is no point in trying' can be the implication. Such responses are mirrored by a sense of being viewed by others in negative ways and this anticipated mirroring of guilt by the world leads to guilt's companion emotion - shame. On this workshop we will look at the complexities of such reactions and at ways of working with these difficult emotions to find growth and change.
Buddhist psychology provides insight into how people experience the world and create their own reality. This personal reality takes the form of a protective bubble, insulating the person from unwanted experiences to some degree, but also imposing limitations on their life. This approach differs from Western psychology in its way of approaching psychological problems. Whilst Western therapies often focus predominantly on the feelings and experiences of the person, refocusing the client’s attention onto the self-world with questions like: "what does it mean for you?" And "How do you feel it?", a Buddhist approach encourages deeper involvement with ‘the other’. It is a deep enquiry into reality in all its complexity, using questions such as: "So what is really true for them?" and "I wonder what that means for her?" In this way, the client is invited to connect more fully with his lived experience, loosening the hold of prejudice and assumptions, and achieving a more positive outward-looking attitude. The resulting encounter with others and with the environment is profoundly healing. Other-centred method provides an approach to mental problems which draws on a different perspective.
The approach is practical and will be useful to anyone who wants to explore human communication and experience from a personal or professional interest. Whilst the workshop will offer valuable CPD training for professional psychotherapists and counsellors, it will also be helpful to those in other caring professions or to people seeking to explore their own experience.
Caroline Brazier is a Buddhist and has practiced for more than twenty years as a therapist, trainer and lecturer. She is course leader of the Tariki Training Programme in Other-Centred Approach in England. She has written six books on Buddhism and psychology and is author of many chapters and papers on the subject. To find out more about her work, see www.buddhistpsychology.info or watch the video.
The weekends are held in Zeist, the Netherlands .
Registration & coffee: Saturday 9:30;
Programme: Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 - 16:30.
The number of participants is limited to max. 14; Teaching will be in English with some translation so you need a basic knowledge of English
The price for one weekend is € 185, -. incl. VAT, coffee / tea and lunch.
The price for both weekends is € 320,- incl-. VAT, coffee / tea and lunch.
A significant portion of the proceeds will benefit Tariki Trust and its main centre The Buddhist House, Narborough.