“Real devotion is an unbroken receptivity to the truth. Real devotion is rooted in an awed and reverent gratitude, but one that is lucid, grounded, and intelligent.” ― Sogyal Rinpoche
Tibetan Buddhism encompasses a wide range of Buddhist perspectives, including Hinayana (renunciation focused), Mahayana (focused on compassion and the Bodhisattava vow to aid all beings), and Vajrayana (the tantric practices focused on transforming negative states and energies into positive ones.) Like other forms of Buddhism, it has had a strong dialogue with Western psychology, psychotherapy, and counselling practices. In particular, many Tibetan Buddhist approaches share similarities with cognitive therapy in which unhelpful or unrealistic beliefs are challenged. The visualisation practices in Tantric Tibetan Buddhism have had a strong influence on the use of visualisation in Western transpersonal psychotherapy.
Our background as Buddhist psychotherapists
Michael Apathy and Selina Clare are qualified experienced psychotherapists in private practice in the Christchurch, New Zealand. Between us we have 26 years of experience practicing mindfulness and meditation, including numerous intensive retreats and five years of full time residential monastic-style training at Zen Mountain Monastery in upstate New York.
Michael has a bachelor degree in religious studies, which gives him a broad understanding of the Buddhist and other religious traditions. Selina specialises as a psychotherapist using mindfulness based therapy to treat stress and anxiety. Both of us have undertaken many years of our own personal psychotherapy and personal and spiritual development. If you're interested in or engaged with Buddhism as a spiritual or religious path, then we'd love to work with you, so please get in touch.
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