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Living in an age saturated with the prevalence of psychotherapeutic practices, it is so easy for people to conflate the work of meditation training with the “goals“ of therapy. Yet in fact, they are really not the same.

As the great scholar and bodhisattva, Robert Thurman, says it:

Very, very few people “get“ this subtle yet crucial distinction. Among prominent therapists, I have heard of, only the legendary Fritz Perls (founder of Gestalt Therapy) comes close to this insight. Really, really dangerous stuff, and something I have given up trying to explain to people: there is only practice, only trust in the work of Buddha, Dharma, Sangha. As Zen Master Seung Sahn put it: “First, you must see your karma. Then, you attain your karma. Through this, if you keep practicing, you can digest your karma. Then, you can use this karma more clearly — ‘good’ or ‘bad’ — only to help all beings. This is true wisdom.”

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