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The Platform of Joy – Sharon Salzberg, Mark Epstein and Robert Thurman | 7-9PM


7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In a famous statement, the Buddha said that he taught one thing and one thing only: suffering and the end of suffering.  Although this sounds like two things, he meant what he said. Within longing, behind addiction, beneath rage and under confusion lies a joy that is accessible to all. Uncovered during a period of self-investigation preceding his enlightenment, this joy became the wellspring of the Buddha’s psychology and the foundation of what he called the Middle Path.  In more recent times, it has been rediscovered by some of the more thoughtful psychoanalytic practitioners of our own culture. This evening’s gathering, bringing together three Western Buddhist therapists and teachers, will explore this platform of joy, what makes it available and unavailable, and how it can contribute to our psychological and spiritual health.  Meditation will provide some relief from the discussion (or vice versa).

Friday September 6; 7-9PM

JOIN IN-PERSON: General:$25/Members: $22.50    REGISTER HERE
JOIN ONLINE: $7 (there is no member discount)     REGISTER HERE

Saturday, September 7; 10am-4:30pm – Mindfulness and Beyond

Today’s workshop will focus on the role of mindfulness in the Buddha’s path to awakening.  As it has become more and more popular in the West, mindfulness has sometimes been removed from the context in which it was originally presented. Rather than understood as a precursor to insight, it is often presented as an end in itself.  This puts too much of a burden on mindfulness to solve all of our problems.  Today’s discussion brings together three longtime practitioners of mindfulness to bring fresh perspective to our understanding of the spiritual path.  Mindfulness is a means of training the mind to observe itself.  To what end?  We will explore, through discussion and meditation, the Buddhist view of self and selflessness, compassion and emptiness, and suffering and its release.  Particular attention will be paid to how to make mindfulness relevant to the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

Saturday, September 7; 10am-4:30pm

JOIN IN-PERSON: General:$80/Members:$72     REGISTER HERE
JOIN ONLINE: $20 (there is no member discount)     REGISTER HERE


Tibet House US Gallery
22 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States
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About the Presenters


Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has been a student of meditation since 1971, guiding meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon's latest book is Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace, published by Workman Publishing. She is a weekly columnist for On Being, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several other books including the New York Times Best Seller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program (2010), Love Your Enemies(2013), Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience(2002), and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (1995). For more information please visit: www.SharonSalzberg.com.

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, Psychotherapy without the Self and The Trauma of Everyday Life. His newest work: Advice Not Given: Notes of a Buddhist Psychiatrist will be published by Penguin Press in 2017.

Professor Robert Thurman

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.