About the Author

Bruce Tift

Bruce Tift, MA, LMFT has been in private practice since 1979, has taught at Naropa University for 25 years, and has given presentations in the US, Mexico, and Japan. A practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism for more than 35 years, he had the good fortune to be a student of Chogyam...

Already Free

Buddhism Meets Psychotherapy on the Path of Liberation

Bruce Tift

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Different Paths, Different Strengths

Freedom from unnecessary suffering is the goal of both Buddhism and modern psychotherapy, yet each approaches this intention from a very different perspective. "Buddhist practice helps us awaken to a well-being that is independent of our circumstances," explains Bruce Tift, "while Western psychotherapy helps us bring our disowned experience into awareness in order to live in a more skillful and satisfying way."

On Already Free, this therapist and Buddhist practitioner opens a fresh dialogue between these two perspectives, and explores how each provides us with essential keys to experiencing full presence and aliveness.

Practical Tools and Wisdom from the Eastern and Western Traditions

Buddhism gives us powerful tools for breaking free of our own identity drama and our fascination with day-to-day problems, yet it does not address how early childhood experience shapes our adult lives. Western psychotherapy provides a wide range of proven techniques for understanding and untangling the development of our neurotic patterns, but it is only beginning to recognize the powerful impact of exploring awareness itself.

"These two approaches sometimes contradict and sometimes support each other," Tift explains. "When used together, they can help us open to all of life in all its richness, its disturbances, and its inherent completeness."

With a keen understanding of the wisdom of East and West, and a special focus on working with intimate relationships as a pathway to spiritual awakening, Bruce Tift presents seven immersive sessions of insights, wisdom, and practical instruction for realizing the fundamental freedom that is your birthright.

Highlights

  • The Developmental Approach—why we still use our childhood survival skills after we outgrow them
  • The Fruitional Approach—Buddhist wisdom on finding liberation without resolving our historic issues
  • Relationships and Awakening—practices for couples to develop "healthy intimacy" and welcome connection and separateness
  • Why we use "neurotic organization" to limit our life experience, and how to challenge this self-perpetuating process

Product details

CD:
Contents 7 CDs (7 hours, 17 minutes)
Date Published June 01, 2011
ISBN-10 1-60407-474-4
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-474-1
Dimensions 6 7/8 x 6 5/8 inches
Product Codes 2071d, f2071d, af02071d
Audio Download:
Download File Types
Contents 1 Audio download (7 hours, 17 minutes)
Date Published August 01, 2011
ISBN-10 1-60407-718-2
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-718-6
Product Codes 2071w, f2071w, af02071w

Customer Reviews

By Laura A P
Date Added: Monday 28 July 2014
This is by far the most helpful program I have listened to. I am a psychiatrist practicing in Arizona, in an area where there is virtually no therapist taking this approach. There is a great need for this.
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By John A
Date Added: Monday 14 July 2014
Bruce Tift is a gift to us all. Genius!
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By Marjolein D
Date Added: Thursday 19 June 2014
Heard Bruce on deepening intimacy series,this program was very deep and confronting ,
Thanks for publishing,it changed my perspective on the subject completely.
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By Debra M
Date Added: Wednesday 23 April 2014
I've listened to the whole series and have found it extremely interesting and valuable. Comparing psychotherapy and Buddhist views, pointing out both are valid and can be helpful in a cooperative way, is a unique approach that I have not seen before. I intend to buy any books by Bruce Tift on this same subject, to be able to study it more in depth.
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