Buddhism and Western psychology each offer a framework for understanding and relieving human suffering. As Buddhism takes root in the West, these two disciplines are becoming ever more intertwined and integrated, as exemplified by mindfulness-based psychotherapy and psychologically-trained Dharma teachers. What wisdom can Dharma bring to the paradigm of psychological health and healing? What insights can Western psychology offer us as we walk the Buddhist path?
This weekend program will look at the path of Dharma through a psychological and psychoanalytic lens. What does the nature of our spiritual seeking reveal about our psychological self? How might our approach to practice, teachers, and awakening collude with our own seen and unseen psychological needs? Is it ever possible, or even wise, to disentangle the psychological and the spiritual? Topics to explore include motivation to practice, the role of the unconscious, desire and attachment, idealization, traumatic dissociation, and the nature of psychological and dharmic insight.
Noble silence will be observed following each evening session through breakfast the following morning.
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.
This policy applies to all residential programs, including Paths. If you need to cancel your registration, please contact us as soon as possible. Please note cancellation fees are at most $50 for those receiving financial assistance. As of 2023, 100% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel less than two weeks before the program start date and there is a $50 cancellation fee if you cancel two weeks or more in advance. Beginning in 2024, prior to six weeks before the program start date, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs more than two nights and $25 for programs two nights or less. 50% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel between two and six weeks of the program start date. 100% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel less than two weeks before the program start date.
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