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Healing Anxiety in Time of Tumult: A Buddhist & Psychotherapeutic Response
Dates: Jun 12, 2020 - Jun 14, 2020
Days: Fri - Sun (2 Nights)

Instructor(s): Pilar Jennings

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As we navigate this time of significant change and strife, the healing arts of the Buddhadharma and Western psychology offer needed and illuminating perspectives and methods. In this course we’ll explore a Buddhist and psychodynamic understanding of anxiety, its causes and personal symptoms. Together we will examine a contemplative response to this powerful form of suffering as a way to cull meaning and offer support to those who experience anxiety and its many ripple effects. With a focus on interpersonal dynamics, including the teacher/student dyad, therapist/patient dyad, and parent/child dyad, we will learn about key relational and developmental dynamics that typically generate the feelings and behaviors associated with anxiety. This course will be relevant to meditators of all experience levels and clinicians interested in the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation.

Learning Intentions:

To learn about the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation and breathwork for patients with anxiety; better understand interpersonal and developmental issues contributing to anxiety; identify key intersubjective dynamics between Buddhist teachers and students, and therapists and patients that contribute to anxiety; and learn about the resonant though contrasting perspectives on psychological suffering and its working through in psychotherapeutic and Buddhist theory.

Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:

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

Experience Level:

Suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.

CEU's: The application for 10 continuing education credits for psychologists and social workers has been submitted for this course.   We are not able to offer CEU's for Counselors (NBCC).  Please contact us at (978-355-2347/contact@buddhistinquiry) for the status of CE accreditation. Click here for more information.

  • Dr. Pilar Jenningsis 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.


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