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Title: Zazen and psychotherapeutic presence
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: R. F. Thomson

Description: Zen meditation, or zazen, has attracted the interest of many psychotherapists. The teachings and practices of the Soto Zen tradition are understood as encouraging important areas of both psychological and spiritual development. Zen, like the relational psychoanalytic theories, encourages its practitioners to become aware of the fundamentally distorted aspects of an overly individualistic view of human experience. As a spiritual practice, zazen increases the practitioner's tolerance and appreciation of the Wholeness that Buddhists refer to as Emptiness. As a psychological practice, it helps us to be more flexibly and intimately present with our patients. An effective therapeutic process, even of the most secular type, will often contain elements of the meditative process of zazen, and failure to actualize this in psychotherapy can have a negative impact on our ability to understand and help our patients.

Publisher Place: New York, NY
Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Psychotherapy
Normalized publisher place: New York, NY
Publisher country: United States
Published Date: 2000
URL: http://www.ajp.org/archives/54-04-2000.html
Subject: Emptiness
Soto Zen
Classification: Buddhism and Science -- International Science -- Psychology -- Clinical Psychology -- Psychotherapy
Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Contemplative Practices -- Zen Meditation/Zazen
Cultural Coverage: United States
Temporal coverage: 20th century CE
Language: English
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Source URL: http://www.ajp.org/index.html
Source: American Journal of Psychotherapy
Source Type: Journal
Source Volume: 54
Source Number: 4
Source Page Numbers: 531-548
Start Date: 1947
Frequency of publication: Quarterly
Submissions: See the journal's authors guidelines.
ISBN/ISSN: 0002-9564
Location and access number: 11109137

Means of availability: See the journal's webpage or check with library for information on archived issues of this journal.

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Resource Type: Article
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Date Of Record Creation: 2005-03-25 10:45:32
Date Last Modified: 2006-05-15 16:48:48
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