THE GURŪ AND THERAPIST: GOALS AND TECHNIQUES IN REGARD TO THE QUESTION OF THE CHELĀ AND PATIENT.

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Abstract

ABSTRACT

This paper is an attempt to clarify the goals of nondualistic religous traditions with the use of Buddhism as an example. The paper attempts to demonstrate that since the therapist and gurū hold entirely different views on human existence, they differ remarkably in their goals and techniques and in what they consider to be a legitimate question on the part of the patient and chelā. Further, a comparison is made between how the therapist and gurū interact with their respective ‘patients’ and suggests a general framework, dualistic and nondualistic, within which their roles have meaning.

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