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Dharma in Dialogue — Shakespeare and the Buddha: A Conversation about Life and Death
Mark Epstein, Simon Critchley

September 19, 2013
07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

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This event launches a new series at NYI. Dharma in Dialogue will bring together Dharma leaders with teachers, experts, and thinkers from various disciplines and traditions to explore how the teachings of the Buddha connect to our modern world.   

Simon Critchley is the Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research whose work revolves around disappointment as the inspiration for philosophy. Mark Epstein is a psychiatrist and writer whose engagement with Buddhism has revealed links with psychoanalytic thought.  Tonight’s conversation will focus on their respective newest works.  Critchley, with Jamieson Webster, has written Stay, Illusion!: The Hamlet Doctrine, an exploration of how Hamlet is structured around ‘nothing’ and the way in which Hamlet’s paralysis mirrors our own.  Mark Epstein’s newest book, The Trauma of Everyday Life, begins as a psychobiography of the Buddha, showing him to be a very human man suffering from the dissociated trauma of his mother’s death when he was an infant.  Trauma, he suggests, for the Buddha as for ourselves, underlies our everyday experience.  Shakespeare and the Buddha both suggest that trauma and disappointment, life and death, the dilemmas of human existence can enliven and even enlighten our minds.

Copies of Mark Epstein’s latest book, The Trauma of Everyday Life, and Simon Critchley's Stay, Illusion!: The Hamlet Doctrine and The Faith of the Faithless will be available for purchase (via cash or check) and both authors will be available for a post-event book signing.

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Mark Epstein Mark Epstein, M.D. is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and the author of a number of books about the interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy, including Thoughts without a Thinker, Going to Pieces without Falling Apart, Going on Being, Open to Desire and Psychotherapy without the Self.  His newest work is called The Trauma of Everyday Life and uses the Buddha's biography as a means of exploring the hidden psychodynamics, and contemporary relevance, of Buddhist thought.

Simon Critchley Simon Critchley is the Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research in New York, and part-time professor at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. He is the author of several books, including The Book of Dead Philosophers, and is moderator of The Stone series, an online opinion column of the New York Times featuring the writing of contemporary philosophers on both timely and timeless issues.

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