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This paper is to research into Buddhism spiritual therapy. It is a religion and philosophy indigenous to the Indian and Tibet subcontinent that includes traditions, beliefs, and practices that relate to the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who is commonly known as the Buddha. He was a person whose ways of living and school of thought lead to Buddhism. The story states that this person was a prince, protected from all activities that could result in harm. However, one day he was exposed to sickness, old age, and death anguish. He was so touched by those scenes that he decided to refuse all earthly pleasures and lead a life of mortification and meditation.

Purpose of Study

The purpose of the study is to provide information about a religion most people do not know much about, hence this study shows that there is a significant relationship and certain differences between Buddhism and therapy.


Writing the paper, various methods were used to collect information such as reading of scientific works, articles in journals, reference books, and discussions with fellow students.


Buddha said that it is not necessary to suffer as it is not necessary to be ill. When people realize the existence of suffering, they can concentrate and find the cause. When people understand that certain conditions cause a problem, they can discover a certain way of trying to remove these conditions. In this case, Buddha devised a method that resolves this problem by eliminating dependent conditions. An excellent example is the Tibetan communities who have been applying these methods for centuries. According to Buddhism, spiritual and psychological collusion could lead to serious suffering resulting in various illnesses. That is why Tibetan techniques of awakening and removing confusion help a person to completely relax and heal sicknesses. For this reason, traditional Tibetan culture encourages the use of all central key principles along with their traditional medicines, ensuring and maintain healthy lives (Nanavira, 2010).


There are two main issues that show the relationships between Buddhism and therapy. Firstly, transpersonal therapists create a healing session where they try as much as possible to involve a “spiritual dimension” as it is mentioned in Assagioli’s Psychosynthesis (Assagioli, 1971). In this case, Hindu Highness becomes greatly involved in this session. Secondly, Fenner’s approach (2005) states that the issue of Buddhism means emptiness. A certain initiation to this approach is that when one issue of Buddhism is not incorporated in the healing process, then the process itself is vain. However, those therapists who seek to use Buddhism in therapy and have deep knowledge about the religion achieve success. The second way the therapy incorporates Buddhism is the application of traditional ways of Buda.

The main aim of this therapy is to enable a person to lead a healthy happy life with minimal or no pain at all. The key problem of Buddhism is that it does not provide a way to deal with illnesses, old age, and sorrow of death when they occur. Also, it is worth saying that a person may not apply therapy or any form of Buddhism and yet live a happy healthy life. On the other hand, a person may apply the therapy and all central principles of Buddhism but not have excellent life. Moreover, such person may suffer from problems with alcohol and sexual abuse (Bachelor, 2007).


Therapy aims at persuading people to practice Buddhism, which is not effective. Nevertheless, Buddhism can enhance effectiveness of therapy if one believes and have absolute faith in it because of all the spiritual paths it is the most psychological in nature.

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