H. H. Dalai Lama’s “Force for Good” Continuation: Buddhist Scientific, Ethical, and Psychological Education
Prof. Robert Thurman and THUS Faculty and guests
(Evening 7-9PM lectures series will be live-streamed)
A continuation of our long-term, usually wednesday evening program to further H. H. the Dalai Lama’s contemporary world initiatives, from His Holiness’ American Institute of Buddhist Studies and Mind and Life science dialogues (Mind Science and Universe in a Single Atom) and His creation of Abhidharma 2.0 through the “Science for Monks” programs, his “secular ethics” (Ethics for the New Millennium and Beyond Religion), His nonviolent approach to conflict resolution, including His Nobel Peace Laureate activities to seek dialogue and a win-win reconciliation with China in the face of the ongoing ethnicidal policies in Tibet (Freedom in Exile and Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet), along with his emphasis on positive activism (A New Reality: Charter of Universal Responsibility), and finally, His opening up the study of the esoteric Tantras through his 34 Kalachakra Grand Initiations (The Kalachakra Initiation, Tantra in Tibet, and other such works). The “root texts” for this spring will be passages from works of His Holiness and selections from various Buddhist works in English translation. Some readings will be available for purchase, others provided online to enrollees. Though the course can be considered as a whole, it is usually taken in units, or even single events, one by one.
Faculty: Dr. David Kittay, Krishna Das, Robert Thurman, Dr. Mark Epstein, Dr. Isa Gucciardi, Dr. Tom Yarnall, and occasional guest teachers.
Event schedule: February 1, 13, 27, March 6, March 20, 27: March 22-23: April 9, 16, 19-20, 23; May 23-28, 28-29; June all at Menla.
Real Healing: How Buddhism and Psychotherapy Can Help Each Other.
Mark Epstein and Robert Thurman
Trauma happens to everyone. he potential for it is part and parcel of the precariousness of human existence. Some traumas–loss, death, accidents, disease or abuse—are sudden and explicit; others—like lack of attunement between children and their parents—are more ongoing and subtle. But it is hard to imagine the scope of an individual life without envisioning some kind of trauma: big or little. Despite this fact, many people are reluctant to admit to the depth of their inner struggles. Psychotherapy and Buddhism have each evolved ways of addressing this; both counsel honesty, reflection and faith in lieu of avoidance. This evening program will address how these two therapeutic traditions can work together to lighten the individual loads we all carry. Acknowledging the traumas in our lives is important; learning how to relate to them is crucial.
Friday, March 22; 7-9PM
Buddhas Have More Fun: Working with the Obstruction of Ego
Mark Epstein and Robert Thurman
Both Buddhist and Western psychologies have found that the ego, the primary mechanism of defense against the unpredictability of the world, is not always to be trusted. Based in a belief in its own separateness, the ego all too often acts in a frightened, clumsy and inefficient manner, whispering to us in our inner thoughts and driving a wedge between self and others. While the ego is a necessary construction, it can be treacherous to give it too much sway. Why do Buddhas have more fun? Because they have figured out something we have trouble getting our minds around. Today’s workshop, with talk, questions, discussion and meditation practice, will reach toward the Buddha’s understanding.
Saturday, March 23; 10AM-5PM
General:$80/Members:$72 – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Weekend event will not be live-streamed.
Mark Epstein, MD, is the well-known author and psychiatrist who specializes in the integration of psychotherapy and Buddhist meditative sciences and practices.
Robert Thurman, PhD, author and teacher of Buddhist sciences and meditative practices, and Dr. Mark have been pursuing this dialogue for a number of years, always learning more and more from each other and enjoying bringing attending healers and students into the conversation.