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The Bodhisattva’s Way: Healing in Buddhism and Psychotherapy
Dates: Dec 16, 2021 - Dec 19, 2021
Days: Thu - Sun (3 Nights)

Instructor(s): Pilar Jennings

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In the great healing traditions of Mahayana Buddhism and psychotherapy there is a powerful appreciation for the wish to feel well, to recover from all forms of suffering, and to live a full and peaceful life. In this retreat, psychoanalyst and Dharma teacher Dr. Pilar Jennings will explore the roadmap for healing in Shantideva’s classic text: The Bodhisattva’s Way. Together, we will explore these sacred Buddhist teachings and practices and apply them to our own contemporary spiritual and psychological healing. 

Through meditation, discussion, and guided exercises we will engage in methods for increasing self-compassion, addressing trauma, and releasing beliefs that limit happiness and the capacity to connect meaningfully with oneself and others. 

This retreat is open to all. For beginning and experienced meditators and for clinicians who want to apply the healing arts of Buddhist spirituality in clinical work, this retreat will offer ample opportunity to reflect on our experiences patients or therapists, and to consider skillful ways to live more fully and with greater ease.

Applications for 10 continuing education credits for psychologists and social workers have been submitted for this course. Please email contact@buddhistinquiry.org for an questions regarding CEs.

Three spaces will be held for self-identified BIPOC participants until 8 weeks before this course begins when they will be released generally. Therefore, we encourage you to join the waitlist even if the course appears full as additional spaces may become available. Please see our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies for more information.

As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming; please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.  

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.

  • 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.


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