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April 28, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Already Free: Buddhism Meets
Psychotherapy on the Path of Liberation
9 AM – 1:00 PM
with Bruce Tift
Psychotherapy and Buddhism are both powerful vehicles for the relief of unnecessary suffering, though with profound differences. Psychotherapy explores our conditioned history, our patterns of behavior, the ways in which we re-enact our past in the present. Buddhist practice investigates how we engage with__ and avoid__ our immediate experiencing, how to increase our capacity to be open and kind to whatever is arising in this on-going stream of experiencing. Rather than search for an integration of these two approaches, it may be more accurate to hold them both in a never resolvable dialogue.
In this workshop we will address such issues as: the nature of freedom; the nature of neurosis; sanity as a counter-instinctual practice; cultivating unconditional confidence; moving from compulsivity to choice; personal responsibility as an antidote to co-dependent dynamics; the therapist as a location of awareness rather than as a change agent; and more.
We will continue an open discussion through the weekend, with exercises and role plays when helpful.
About Bruce Tift
Bruce Tift, MA, LMFT, holds a master’s degree in psychology and is a licensed marriage and family therapist who uses a combination of Western and buddhist approaches. A student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, he taught at Naropa University for 25 years. He lives and practices in Boulder, Colorado. His book Already Free: Buddhism meets psychotherapy on the path of liberation is available for purchase at the workshop.