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The Courage to Be Present: Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and the Awakening of Natural Wisdom

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Review Quotes: ?Karen Kissel Wegela brings her long experience as a therapist, a teacher, and a meditator to this fine exploration of the integration of Buddhism and psychotherapy.??Gay Watson, author of "Beyond Happiness" ?This book will be valuable reading both for psychotherapists in training with an interest in Buddhism, as...

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Review Quotes:
?Karen Kissel Wegela brings her long experience as a therapist, a teacher, and a meditator to this fine exploration of the integration of Buddhism and psychotherapy.??Gay Watson, author of "Beyond Happiness"
?This book will be valuable reading both for psychotherapists in training with an interest in Buddhism, as well as for experienced therapists who want to deepen their understanding of how Buddhist thought and practice can enhance psychotherapeutic work.??Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School, and coeditor of "Mindfulness and Psychotherap"y
?Karen Wegela has found ways, carefully and compassionately, to build our confidence as we face life?s challenges. Both as a therapist and as a client, I have found a wealth of skillful means in this book.??David Richo, PhD, author of "The Five Things We Cannot Change"
?Karen Wegela brings a real understanding of the

Biographical Note:
Karen Kissel Wegela, PhD, is a psychotherapist and professor of contemplative psychology at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. A longtime student of Buddhism, she speaks to professionals about the connections between Buddhism and psychotherapy and writes a popular blog at psychologytoday.com. She is also the author of "The Courage to Be Present: Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and the Awakening of Natural Wisdom."

Review Quotes:
"Karen Kissel Wegela brings her long experience as a therapist, a teacher, and a meditator to this fine exploration of the integration of Buddhism and psychotherapy."--Gay Watson, author of "Beyond Happiness"

"This book will be valuable reading both for psychotherapists in training with an interest in Buddhism, as well as for experienced therapists who want to deepen their understanding of how Buddhist thought and practice can enhance psychotherapeutic work."--Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School, and coeditor of "Mindfulness and Psychotherap"y

"Karen Wegela has found ways, carefully and compassionately, to build our confidence as we face life's challenges. Both as a therapist and as a client, I have found a wealth of skillful means in this book."--David Richo, PhD, author of "The Five Things We Cannot Change"

"Karen Wegela brings a real understanding of the intricacies of Buddhist thought to bear on the challenge of psychotherapy. There is much wisdom here."--Mark Epstein, author of "Thoughts without a Thinker"

Marc Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.; 8; Dr Wegela presents an in-depth guide to integrating Buddhist insights and practices into the work of psychotherapy. Her focus is on how counsellors and psychotherapists can understand these inspiring Buddhist qualities and attitudes, and how they can apply them in counselling and therapy.

Table of Contents:
Acknowledgments -- Introduction: What Is a Bodhisattva? -- Part 1. The Path of Awakening Natural Wisdom -- 1. The Awakened Heart of the Bodhisattva -- 2. Acknowledging Suffering: The First Noble Truth -- 3. Why Are We So Confused? The Second Noble Truth -- 4. Beyond Suffering: The Third Noble Truth -- 5. The Path: The Fourth Noble Truth -- 6. Emptiness Is Not Nothingness -- 7. May I Be a Bridge, a Ship, or a ... Psychotherapist? An Introduction to Contemplative Psychotherapy -- Part 2. Connecting with the Heart of a Bodhisattva -- 8. Meditation: The Practice of Connecting with Ourselves -- 9. The First Immeasurable: Loving-Kindness -- 10. The Second Immeasurable: Compassion -- 11. The Third Immeasurable: Joy -- 12. The Fourth Immeasurable: Equanimity -- Part 3. Engaging in Bodhisattva Activity -- 13. Generosity: The First of the Awakened Actions -- 14. Discipline: The Second of the Awakened Actions -- 15. Patience: The Third of the Awakened Actions -- 16. Practices in Patience -- 17. Our Natural Resources: Working with Emotions -- 18. Exertion: The Fourth of the Awakened Actions -- 19. Meditation: The Fifth of the Awakened Actions -- 20. The Body-Speech-Mind Practice for Working with Exchange -- 21. Wisdom: The Sixth of the Awakened Actions -- 22. Dedicating the Merit -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Resources -- Index.
Dr Wegela presents an in-depth guide to integrating Buddhist insights and practices into the work of psychotherapy. Her focus is on how counsellors and psychotherapists can understand these inspiring Buddhist qualities and attitudes, and how they can apply them in counselling and therapy.

Contributor Bio: Wegela, Karen Kissel
Karen Kissel Wegela, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice and director of the M.A. program in Contemplative Psychotherapy at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

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