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<revised on 2/2/10> I have no expertise to be mentioning or introducing this potent topic. However, because I wrote about it over a year ago, I feel it might be good to tell my readers what little I know about the subject. So this post is about what little I know of Process Buddhism.
Well, I’ll attempt to tell you. One of my main bodywork teachers, who teaches Cranio Sacral classes, along with offering mediation, meditation and peace building workshops asked her main Tibetan lama (teacher), Khenchen Rinpoche, Konchog Gyaltsen what she should call her body of work. Because it is quite a mouthful to try to tell people all that she offered. He responded, unequivocally and immediately with, “Process Buddhism.”
As far as my limited knowledge, and this is not an exhaustive list, here are some of the ingredients which go into the practice of Process Buddhism – having gone through a series of quality, grounded healing facilitation sessions over a long period of time – say anywhere from five to twenty years; maintaining a consistent, grounded spiritual practice (which leads to the opening of a heart filled with vast loving kindness – willing to touch and be touched which also can take many years); learning a grounded healing facilitation modality (plus daily sincere spiritual practice) – psychotherapy, bodywork, mediation, counseling, meditation, peace building, advanced therapeutic techniques (EMDR or DNMS, etc), sounding / movement / breath work techniques (yoga, Continuum Movement, Zapchen for instance); and being open to and hungry for positive change.
Through Process Buddhism, if you want to, if you are ready and if you do not mind some discomfort at times, amazing insights and awareness can be gained relatively quickly (there are techniques for accelerated work – which I have only touched the surface of). [Disclaimer – discomfort is not a good thing – if you have a qualified teacher / therapist to lead you through the process, then some rare discomfort, as in growing pains, might be okay. I only recommend discomfort if you have a qualified teacher. Otherwise be gentle, go slow, practice kindness to self. Move in the direction of ease. Do what brings you joy. PERIOD. :-)]
Next, I will write about the many possibilities which come from blending modalities as it were. And I just want to state again, that without a fully qualified teacher / professional counselor / grounded, spiritual path, I would not recommend doing any of the above on your own. And I am not a qualified teacher, having only several years on the Tibetan Buddhist path, I am still struggling with many inner conflicts and afflictions.