Merging Disciplines: Meditation and Psychotherapy

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Merging Disciplines: Meditation and Psychotherapy
With Mark Epstein, MD
Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Join Buddhist psychiatrist and author Mark Epstein for a discussion about the relationship of Buddhism and psychotherapy and how each tradition has something important to learn from the other.

In a series of books written over the past 25 years, beginning with Thoughts without a Thinker and ending most recently with Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself, Epstein has explored the relevance of Buddhist thought for psychotherapy. But he is also increasingly aware of how much Buddhism can learn from contemporary therapeutic traditions.

Many Westerners, in their embrace of mindfulness, hope and expect that mindfulness will heal them. But there is a danger of ‘spiritual bypass’ in this, a tendency to use meditation to ignore personal issues rather than treating them as worthy subjects of meditative exploration.

This evening’s conversation will not only address how an immersion in Buddhism can affect one’s approach to therapy, but how an appreciation of therapy can enhance one’s understanding of Buddhism.


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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, The Trauma of Everyday Life and now Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University and is currently Clinical Assistant Professor in the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at New York University.

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