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Secular and Religious in Buddhism and Psychotherapy: A Half-Day Program

Online Program
Dates: Apr 29, 2023

Instructor(s): Mark Unno, Polly Young-Eisendrath

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Program Description:

The dialogue between and synthesis of Buddhism and Psychotherapy stretches for nearly a century: beginning with the work of figures such as D. T. Suzuki, Erich Fromm, and C. G. Jung in Depth Psychology; extending to the work of Ken Wilbur and Transpersonal Psychology; Marsha Linehan and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy; and most recently the explosion in Secular Mindfulness initiated by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

In this online half-day program on the Secular and Religious in Buddhism and Psychotherapy, Rev. Dr. Mark Unno, an ordained Shin Buddhist priest with a dual Pure Land and Zen Buddhist practice background and Professor of Buddhism at the University of Oregon; and Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath, psychotherapist, author of twenty books, a therapist in Analytical Psychology, Mindfulness Teacher with many decades of experience in Tibetan, Zen, and Vipassana Buddhist practice, and creator of Dialogue Therapy and Real Dialogue, will offer a three part lecture-dialogue-practice experience.

First, each will make presentations on the philosophical and psychological implications of the religious and secular in terms of the practice of Buddhism and psychotherapy, respectively. Second, they will each lead a practice session related to their presentations. Third, they will engage in dialogue followed by open question-and-answer with participants.

This is a freely offered program with all dana to be offered to the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. 

    About the Instructor(s):
  • Mark Unno, PhD, is Professor of Buddhism and Dept Head of Religious Studies at the University of Oregon. The recipient of the Thomas F. Herman Distinguished Teaching Award, he is the author of Shingon Refractions (2004) as well as many articles on Shin and Zen Buddhism and comparative religion. He is also an ordained Shin Buddhist priest. Please visit Mark's website here.

  • Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst, psychologist, and psychotherapist in private practice. She is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont and the founder and director of the Institute for Dialogue Therapy. She is past president of the Vermont Association for Psychoanalytic Studies and a founding member of the Vermont Institute for the Psychotherapies. Polly is also the chairperson of Enlightening Conversations, a series of conversational conferences which bring together participants from the front lines of Buddhism and psychoanalysis. You can visit Polly's website here.