Welcome to the Amida Courses News Letter. This newsletter comes at the end of a busy summer in France, in which we have run more events than ever before. A full seven weeks of five day events has brought a variety of experiences: Buddhist retreats and teachings, non-violent communication, Other-Centred Psychotherapy, ecotherapy, bio-dance and theatre. We are already looking forward to a similar, and probably extended programme next year.
This week, however, we are also looking forward to the new academic year. We have a good number of applications for therapy training programmes already in process. New applications are coming in daily for both attendence based and distance learning programmes. If you are interested in applying, or simply want to know more, this newsletter will keep you updated. If you need any more information on anything in it, please feel free to contact me or Susthama on firstname.lastname@example.org.
OTHER CENTRED THERAPY Buddhist Psychology in Action
A talk by Caroline Brazier of the Amida Trust
(no booking required – entry by donation)
What insight does Buddhism offer to the therapist? As it gains popularity in the West, the Buddhist paradigm has become an important influence on the therapy world and has brought a number of specific contributions both in methodology, such as the popular mindfulness based approaches, and in theory of mental conditioning and self formation. In this talk Caroline Brazier will describe an approach to therapy, grounded in Buddhist psychology, which has been developed through the training programme run by Amida Trust. Other-Centred Approach is a method which relies on the Buddhist principles of transcending the illusion of permanent identity and living more fully in engagement with others and with life. It is practical and innovative, challenging many popular assumptions about the therapeutic, whilst offering new insight which will benefit the practice of all those in the helping field.
Caroline Brazier is leader of the Amida training programme in Buddhist psychotherapy and author of five books including Buddhist Psychology (Robinson 2003) and Other-Centred Therapy (O-Books 2009). She lives in the Amida community in the UK and travels and teaches internationally. Details of the Amida programmes can be found at www.buddhistpsychology.info
I'm an Acharya (a senior teacher) with the Order of Amida Buddha, which is a Pureland Buddhist Order. I'm a minister, teach on-line and hold Pureland Buddhist sangha gatherings in Perth, Scotland. I mainly write about Buddhist matters and share the teachings of the Head of our Order, Dharmavidya David Brazier