Tibet House US

The Trauma Of Everyday Life

Event Details

Mark Epstein, Sharon Salzberg, Robert Thurman 
Talk & Discussion 
Tibet House US Gallery 
Friday, June 01, 2012 At 07:00 PM  
General:$25 / Members:$22.50 
Friday, June 1, 7-9PM 

About the Event


Trauma happens to everyone. The potential for it is part and parcel of the precariousness of human existence. Some traumas--loss, death, accidents, disease or abuse---are explicit; others-like lack of attunement between children and their parents are more subtle. But it is hard to imagine the scope of an individual life without envisioning some kind of trauma: big or little. Everyone has to deal with it sometime or other.

Despite this fact, many people are reluctant to acknowledge the traumas in their own lives. They shy away from facing them, in the hope that willful ignorance will take them more normal. Carrying on as if their underlying feelings of disease are shameful, or a bother, they stay more on the surface of themselves than need be. The Buddha, one of the world's first great psychologists, saw this tendency toward disavowal as a problem. Always a realist, he made recognition of trauma the centerpiece of his First Noble Truth.

This evening's workshop will explore the Buddhist approach to the traumas of
everyday life.

Friday, June 1, 7-9PM   General: $25/Members:$22.50   click here to register

Saturday, June 2, 10AM–5PM -  For more information about Saturday Workshop
General:$100 / Members:$90 click here to register

Package Discount for Friday & Saturday: General: $115/Members: $103.50 click here to register




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. 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.

Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She is one of America's leading meditation teachers and authors. For more information about Sharon, please visit: www.SharonSalzberg.com.


Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies at Columbia University, President of Tibet House U.S., a popular lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, the translator of many philosophical treatises and sutras, and author of numerous books including the national bestseller, Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Happiness; Anger, the fifth book from a series on the Seven Deadly Sins, offered by The New York Public Library and Oxford University Press. His most recent book is titled Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World, published by Atria Books/Beyond Words.

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