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.


  • 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

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
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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 Chris T
Date Added: Tuesday 1 April 2014
Bruce is the best I've come across at bridging the gap between western therapy and non-dual practice. Particularly important to my own practice was understanding how shame and fear blockages get formed at childhood as an obvious self protective measures. Children must behave in ways to gain approval of adults because children can't feed and house themselves. Shame happens when we must deny parts of ourselves to simply survive as children but when we're adults we can reintegrate with the parts we left behind. Powerful, powerful teaching contained here.
By Connie F
Date Added: Wednesday 22 January 2014
Bruce Tift delivers concise distinctions between psychological and meditative orientations. Superb!
By Linde H
Date Added: Wednesday 10 July 2013
I can't stop listening to Bruce's CD Already Free. Please, please talk him into another series. I will pre-buy ANYTHING by him. He has given me a framework to understand all of the teachings I have ever been exposed to and a sense of how the dilemma of accepting how I am and also being with those longings to improve in so many ways is not solvable but very livable.
By Gail Baker
Date Added: Monday 8 July 2013
This is the marriage of psychology and Buddhism I've been looking for. Thank you, Bruce. Would love to have a book to read and mark in. I'm grateful for the experience and knowledge shared so openly.
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