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10. Compassionate Presence: Buddhist Practice and the Person-Centred Approach to Counselling and Psychotherapy

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1. Title Title of document 10. Compassionate Presence: Buddhist Practice and the Person-Centred Approach to Counselling and Psychotherapy - Spirituality and Wellbeing
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Rebecca Seale; Coleg Sir Gar;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) spiritual experience; wellbeing; health; spirituality and health; mindfulness; mindfulness-based cognitive therapy; Buddhism and mental health; Buddhist practice; Buddhism and psychotherapy
5. Subject Subject classification Spirituality; Health
6. Description Abstract At the heart of Buddhist teaching is the importance of facing the suffering inherent in human existence and in so doing the path to well-being also becomes illuminated. One aspect of this eight-fold path is mindfulness, a practice gaining an increasingly wide-spread popularity in the West. In the field of counselling and psychotherapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is one of the best known approaches combining Buddhism and therapy. In a medicalised culture that increasingly pathologises everyday human experience of birth, sickness, aging and death, attempts to promote well-being through combining such differing paradigms as mindfulness and Western psychotherapy, whilst fitting in well with the medical model’s need for easy-to-measure approaches, may miss the wider context of Buddhist practice.

With its emphasis on a way of being with clients in therapy, the person-centred approach does not sit comfortably within a medical model. Drawing on a small-scale qualitative research study, this chapter will explore how Buddhist practice through the cultivation of presence within a person-centred approach can promote well-being in a therapeutic relationship in a way that offers the potential for a holistic synthesis of Buddhism and psychotherapy.

7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 15-Mar-2020
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.35873
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Spirituality and Wellbeing
16. Language English=en en
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd