Zen Doctor: Moment Body is Wisdoming Mind
ZEN DOCTOR ®

Embody The Boundless Intimacy Of Your Core-Self
With The Brilliant Wonder Of Your Beginner's Heartmind.

Skype Or Facebook Video Counseling
View My Counseling Intake Form


Andrew Shugyo Daijo Bonnici, Ph.D.

• Doctor Of Humanistic Psychology •
• Master Zen Teacher And Counselor •

I am an annual member of the "Society for Humanistic Psychology that is known as "Division 32" of the American Psychological Association. Division 32 contributes to the refinement of psychological theory, empirical research, and the applied therapies that advance personal growth, interpersonal synergy, transpersonal fulfillment, the evolution of human consciousness, the farther reaches of human nature, and somatic intimacy to enhance creativity, intuition, core leadership, auththeticity, integrity, transparency, and social responsibility.

Office Phone: (808) 880-1395
Email: DrB@Zendoctor.Com

Private Practice: Since 1978 • Online Counseling Since 1996

Breath is the Bridge between Meditation in Stillness and Action

Bamboo Moon

The Ancient Zen Roots of Applied Meditation Therapy®
The Transmission of Core-Self In This Only Moment Body

Since 1966 I have had a deeply passionate and ever enlightening intimacy with the ancient transpersonal therapy and humanistic life science of "applied Zen meditation". Over the last 45 years of my psychological research, professional study, and daily life practice of mindfulness and Zen meditation, I have come to realize and experientially verify that the "original root body of meditation" is exactly the Way of being a radical human being through our "core-Self " in this Only Moment Body of everyday life and relationships.

When I speak of "applied Zen meditation", I am making reference to the "original root body of meditation" that was the deep spiritual ground or 'intimate Way of life' for the prehistoric Chinese sages (5000-4500 B.C.) . Two ancient Chinese texts reveal how the Chinese sages embodied their visceral core-Self in everyday life. The first is called the "I Ching," or "The Book of Changes." It was written around 2953 B.C.. The I Ching encourages the harmonious human embodiment of change, impermanence, and duality while teaching people how to blend their everyday behavior with the dynamic functioning of a vast Oneness that unfolds the bright wisdoming of total reality itself. The second Chinese text is called the "Tao Te Ching," or "The Book of the Way and Its Virtue," which was written about 550 B.C.. The "Tao Te Ching" instructs people to return to their natural, original, or radical Way of being fully human. It encourages all of us to embody the virtuous root of humanity (core-Self) while yielding to the Way (vast Oneness) that upholds the integrity and interdependency of total reality. Although these two texts indicate how the Chinese sages embodied the bright wisdoming of their core-Self in everyday life, no dominant figure in China interpersonally transmitted the visceral integrity of core-Self within an embodied lineage. .

However, in the year 528 B.C., a human being from India intuitively embodied our radical humanness, interpersonally transmitted core-Self in ungraspable enlightenment, and thereby gave birth to the ancient lineage of Zen. That historical Indian figure who embodied core-Self in boundless intimacy was named Shakyamuni Buddha. Although the Buddha verbally shared the insights of his core-Self enlightenment through the language of his people, he also freely transmitted the embodiment of core-Self through a 'nonverbal visceral intimacy' between himself and his assembly of lay and monastic practitioners. This visceral core-Self transmission of the Buddha's Way of living enlightenment in everyday life has been authentically perpetuated for over 2500 years as the embodied seal of "zazen-only" that is exactly just living through our core-Self in this Only Moment Body of everyday life.

It is this visceral core-Self transmission in zazen-only that has come to be known as the experiential lineage of Zen that is beyond all beliefs, scriptures, words and letters. It is this genuine Zen seal of being core-Self in this Only Moment Body of zazen-only that continues to be openly and freely transmitted amongst Zen teachers and student practitioners to this very day.

Since its prehistoric origins in China and its historical embodiment and intimate transmission by the Buddha in India, the Zen seal of living core-Self in this Only Moment Body of zazen-only has continued to nourish, inspire and guide humanity toward deeper levels of spiritual consciousness, peak experiencing, behavioral wisdoming, compassionate being, and optimum states of health, healing, and longevity.

Over the last 35 years of my teaching, training, and counseling practice, I have taken a wide variety of psychotherapeutic insights and strategies from Humanistic Psychology and integrated them with the ancient Zen Way of embodying core-Self in boundless intimacy with total reality. I have named this complimentary integration the science of Applied Meditation Therapy®.


Breath is the Bridge between Meditation in Stillness and Action

The Practice Focus Of Applied Meditation Therapy®
Liberating Core-Self Wisdoming in Everyday Life

Applied Meditation Therapy® redefines the ancient Buddha seal of zazen-only as a " therapeutic methodology for realizing, living, and verifying human enlightenment as the daily experience of boundless intimacy, unconditional compassion, bright wisdoming, and unobstructed empathy." This means that AMT is primarily the application of an "inner science" for actualizing the farther reaches of human nature in our everyday life and relationships.

As the "inner science of human enlightenment," the Way of living as core-Self in zazen-only includes the daily application of principles and concepts that have emerged within our Western 1) cognitive-behavioral therapies, 2) our humanistic interpersonal therapies, 3) our somatic biofeedback therapies, 4) our transpersonal growth therapies, and 5) our research and investigative methodologies that focus on depth experience and embodied consciousness.

1) Viewed through the principles of our cognitive behavioral therapies, AMT is a practical tool for bringing the light of consciousness to causal interactions between thoughts, perceptions, feelings, sensations, and behaviors that usually keep us in bondage to fear and anxiety, unhealthy dependencies, egocentric views, social/religious conditioning, chronic mental chatter, self-preoccupation, and dysfunctional reactive impulses.

2) Viewed through the principles of our humanistic interpersonal therapies, AMT encourages the practice of embodied truth, genuine compassion, deep listening, forgiveness, open dialogue, upright communication, authentic and congruent relationship, mutual respect, balanced in-dependency, romantic sensuality, marital intimacy, and the mystical sacredness of being orgasmic Oneness.

3) When viewed through the principles of our somatic biofeedback therapies, AMT encourages you to experience your body as an intelligent and wisdoming resource. Somatic education and training in AMT emphasizes that being consciously intimate with your "only moment body functioning" is vital to wellness, healing, growth, intuition, creativity, joy and peak performance. AMT deepens and broadens awareness of what is happening within the body moment-by-moment. AMT somatic therapy focuses on passing sensations, arising tensions, finding alert relaxation, being intimate with breath and vital energy, skeletal-muscular ease, postural alignment, spontaneous and creative movement, and the meaningful orchestration of biofeedback wisdoming.

4) Viewed through the principles of our transpersonal growth therapies, AMT focuses on the emergence of our True Nature or Original Self. The word "transpersonal" means beyond the personal, or transcendence of attachment to the ego-self and the reactive or conditioned patterns of our personality and thinking mind. AMT training and practice gradually reveals the transparency and insubstantiality of our arising thoughts, our ego-self, the psycho-dynamics of our personality, and our over identification with thinking mind. Thus, AMT as a transpersonal therapy reveals that human beings have an original Self that is free from bondage to reactive behavioral patterns, perceptual biases, and the conditioned self-talk that hinders inner growth, bright wisdoming, self-compassion, relational intimacy, loving kindness, clarity of being, passionate living, and multidimensional life success. AMT helps us to recover our pristine human experience of childlike wonder and awe, our originally enlightened consciousness, and our felt empathic intimacy with a Infinite Transpersonal Wisdom that penetrates our own bodies and all of life and death.

5) As a consciously embodied research methodology into our unfolding journey of life and death, AMT helps us to compassionately and diligently investigate the meaning, direction, and purpose of our ever changing needs, desires, perceptions, intentions, feelings, and motivations in order to clearly illuminate the wisdoming nature of our impermanence, the wisdoming nature of our being and becoming, the wisdoming nature of the embodied Self just as IT is, the wisdoming nature of loving and being loved, and the wisdoming nature of all beings and things just as they are.

This is the historical, multidimensional, holistic and integrative approach that I emphasize when counseling, mentoring and training people in the daily practice of Applied Meditation Therapy® (AMT).

Breath is the Bridge between Meditation in Stillness and Action

The True Practice Body Of Applied Meditation Therapy®
Eight Bright Marks of Core-Self Wisdoming

1. EMBODIMENT: Aroused wakefulness and deep intimacy with flesh, blood, bone, marrow, electrochemistry, cell metabolism, breath, bioenergy, gravitational alignment, and quantum integrity.

2. TRANSPARENCY:Seeing and experiencing the functional value, emptiness, insubstantiality and virtual reality of self, ego, personality, beliefs, linear time, culture, history, and thinking mind.

3. IMPERMANENCE:Recognizing and embracing the wisdoming of impermanence in all beings and things. Acknowledging death as an intimate companion while clarifying the true values of life, love, caring, family, and friendships.

4. INTERDEPENDENCY: Experiencing the dynamic interrelatedness and wisdoming Oneness of all phenomena across the vastness of interstellar time and space. The wholeness of body wisdoming consciously merging with the infinitely wisdoming nature of a Whole Universe.

5. ARISING PEACE: A sense of deep joy and tranquility in experiencing the wholeness of body wisdoming and the felt immediacy of a future where all human beings exist with a sense of harmony and balance within themselves and amongst each other.

6. COMPLETION: A sense of dignity, nobility, self-compassion, and self-acceptance. No gap between the actual experience of the embodied self and any social or mental projection of an ideal or perfected self.

7. NOT-KNOWING: Not attaching to any arising insights, acknowledging Infinite Wisdoming beyond self, enjoying the freshness of wondering mind, embracing ceaseless investigation of life and death, and resting in the innate humility of humanness.

8. LIFE AS PRACTICE: Endlessly training and beginning again to deepen felt intimacy with the wisdoming of embodiment, transparency, impermanence, interdependency, arising peace, completion, and not-knowing.

Breath is the Bridge between Meditation in Stillness and Action

My Counseling, Training, Mentoring & Teaching Principals

As a professional specializing in higher levels of human consciousness, peak states of somatic intelligence, and the farther reaches of loving relationships, I emphasize the following principles in my face-to-face and worldwide tele-counseling practice:

1) Rather than an investigation of the "self" based upon introspective probing or psychological analysis, I emphasize an ancient therapeutic discipline that is wholeheartedly grounded in the embodiment of silence, stillness, truth, wakefulness, courage, emptiness, and integrity.

2) Rather than the attainment of a transcendental knowledge or esoteric wisdom, I emphasize a constantly deepening understanding of our humanity & an ever growing compassion for Self & Others.

3) Rather than negating worldly success & sensual pleasures, I emphasize an experientially rich & abundantly shared Life freed from mental bondage to egocentricity, endless grasping, arrogance, unhealthy narcissism, and self-belittling absorption.

4) Rather than abolish all stress and tension, I emphasize living a passionate, vital, and energetic Life based on balance, creativity, & empowered insight into the interdependent causal relationships that exists between body, mind, heart, and spirit.

5) Rather than endlessly seeking or unquestioningly adhering to an absolute answer regarding the purpose and meaning of life and death, I emphasize, wholeheartedly and courageously Being the Question while embracing the wonder, awe, and mystery of this precious human existence, Just as IT is.

6) Rather than striving for the attainment of perfect wisdom or absolute enlightenment, I emphasize living a simple life of embodied Faith before beliefs and the daily practice of Health, Healing, and Peace in the seated stillness of your Only Moment Body.

Professional Background . About Meditation Therapy.
Meditation is Intimacy with Self and the Whole Universe.

GoldSym2.gif - 9526 Bytes

Professional Code of Ethics & The Nature of My Services

My private counseling, mentoring, training and coaching in Applied Meditation Therapy, as well as my group workshops and free on-line public educational services adhere to the same code of ethics followed by teachers, counselors, pastors, and mental health care providers.

Please Note that all education and behavioral/cognitive training, mentoring and counseling in Applied Meditation Therapy is meant to support, and not replace any of your current medical and mental health care or any therapeutic relationship you may now have with a physician, psychiatrist, licensed psychologist, social worker or marriage and family therapist.

As a teacher, counselor and trainer in Applied Meditation Therapy, I do not provide any clinical diagnosis or treatment for any physical illness, mental disorder, or emotional dysfunction. Where the practice of Applied Meditation Therapy® is suggested in relation to sustaining health, well-being, longevity, personal growth, interpersonal synergy, stress balancing, inner peace, embodied faith, and the daily practice of transpersonal intimacy, it is done solely within the context of spiritual teaching, counseling, mentoring, coaching and training in meditation and core-Self mindfulness skills in order to 1) enhance people’s experience of clarity, joy, wonder, peace and creativity in daily life; 2) to help individuals realize and actualize the farther reaches of embodied wisdom and the compassionate depth of their humanness, and 3) to expose them to the practice of meditation as an inner wisdom based therapeutic approach to living their everyday life with wakefulness, caring, integrity, vitality, authenticity, equanimity, core intimacy, and an ever fresh and passionate Way of doing, loving, working, playing and being.


Click Here to Read the Further
Clarification of My Professional Role
Meditation is Intimacy with Self and the Whole Universe.


United States Trademarks & International Copyrights

United States of America Copyrights since Internet Launching on January 28, 1996 or when the written or artistic materials were originally created. All Rights Reserved for Servicemarks (i.e., Zen Doctor®, ZenDoctor.Com©, & Applied Meditation Therapy®) and all written materials and art work contained at this Web Site. These rights are reserved by the original creator, founder, and servicemark holder, Dr. Andrew Shugyo Bonnici. By virtue of the International Berne Convention for Copyright Protection, all trademarks and servicemarks, as well as all the literary and artistic works at this web site, are also internationally protected by legal conventions in other Countries.


Click Here to View My Copyrights,
Trademarks, and Clarification of
Professional Role and
Services.
Breath is the Bridge between Meditation in Stillness and Action

WHAT IS APPLIED MEDITATION THERAPY®?
Click Here to Find Out More!

Take Refuge in Living the Body of Meditation!

Diminish Stress, Anxiety, Fear, & Suffering.
Realize The Farther Reaches Of Our Human Nature:

Optimum Health, Self-Healing, & Increased Longevity
Greater Empathy, Inner Fulfillment, & Spirituality
Enhanced Creativity, Intuition & Inner Peace
Peak Performance & Joyful Productivity

Click Here To Open My Video & Phone Counseling Services

Zazen Meditation is a Template for the Practice of Life and Relationships.
Email Me at: Dr@ZenDoctor.Com

Read Your Inspiration for Today:

Inspirations & Reflections © August 1995
Author: Andrew Shugyo Bonnici, Ph.D.
All Rights Reserved


Click Here to Share this Site with a Friend

Receive a Free Newsletter

Receive A VIdeo Or Telephone Counseling At Home

Leave a Comment About my Site.


Zazen Meditation is a Template for the Practice of Life and Relationships.

Thank You for Visiting. You are Always Welcome.

Peace is Where you Stand as Your True Self.
Arigato Gozaimasu

..