What Does It Mean to Heal? Why Buddhism and Psychotherapy Need Each Other
with Mark Epstein, MD
Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 | 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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