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Buddhism and Psychotherapy: A Healing Partnership, Path Part 2

Residential Program
Dates: Jun 09, 2023 - Jun 12, 2023
Days: Friday - Monday
Number of Nights: 3 nights

Instructor(s): Dr. Pilar Jennings

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Program Description:

This is the second retreat in the year long Path Program Buddhism and Psychotherapy: A Healing Partnership. Please click here for more information on the full path program.

You are invited to register for the program even if you did not attend Part One. By registering for the program, you are committing to attend retreats two and three and to attending monthly Tuesday Zoom Gatherings from 7:00 – 8:30 PM Eastern Time/4:00 – 5:30 Pacific Time on July 18, September 19, October 17, and November 21.

Part 2: Compassion & Working with Difficult Emotions

In this module, we will explore the role of compassion in the Buddhist and psychotherapeutic traditions with an emphasis on our emotionality. In the West, it is common for people to pursue Buddhist spiritual practice in order to better understand and heal their relationship to powerful and challenging emotions, including anger, despair, envy, and fear. Similarly, most patients pursue treatment having struggled with these emotions and their contribution to feelings of depression and anxiety. In both traditions, there are far-ranging and divergent methods for responding to the suffering of our emotional lives predicated on the ability to care about emotional suffering and respond with patience and skill. We will read Buddhist commentaries on the critical role of compassion in restoring our well-being, alongside psychoanalytic authors who emphasized compassion as a central healing modality in clinical work, including Sandor Ferenczi, Bernard Brandchaft, and Donna Orange.

Noble Silence:
Noble silence will be observed following each evening session through breakfast the following morning.

Experience Level:
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.

Continuing Education:

Applications for 10 continuing education units for psychologists and social workers have been submitted and approved for this program. Accrediting agencies are the National Association for Social Workers (NASW) and the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (IMP). You can find more information about social work licensure board endorsements here. Please confirm with your licensing board whether the CEUs offered are applicable for your licensure before registration. For more information about CEUs through BCBS, please click here.

    About the Instructor(s):
  • Dr. Pilar Jennings is a psychoanalyst based in New York City with a focus on the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation practice. She has been a Buddhist practitioner for 40 years; a teacher of Tibetan Buddhism in the Sakya lineage; a Visiting Lecturer at Union Theological Seminary; Columbia University; and a faculty member of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science. Her publications have included "East of Ego: The Intersection of Narcissism and Buddhist Meditation Practice," "I've Been Waiting for you: Reflections on Analytic Pain," “Imagery and Trauma: The Psyche’s Push for Healing,” and Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism released through Wisdom Publications. Her most recent book: To Heal a Wounded Heart: On the Transformative Power of Buddhism & Psychotherapy in Action, is a psychoanalytic memoir exploring her entry into clinical work as a practicing Buddhist.