What is the History of Buddhist Psychotherapy? A Buddhism Explained Video from Outing the Ego: From Anxiety, Addiction and Depression to Love, Relief and Understanding Retreat First Evening Talk with Mark Epstein, M.D. and Robert A.F. Thurman
In this short video Professor Thurman and Dr. Mark Epstein discuss the history of Psychotherapy, Buddhist Inner Sciences and mindfulness practice in the West.
This talk is an archive recording of the Tibet House US retreat “Outing the Ego : From Anxiety, Addiction and Depression to Love, Relief and Understanding” with Robert A.F. Thurman & Mark Epstein M.D., recorded at Menla Retreat + Dewa Spa’s Nalanda Conference Center in Phoenicia, New York, August 2018.
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“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. Anxiety, addiction and depression have their roots in the ego’s misguided attempts to control our experience. 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. It is a mistake to give it too much power. Focused on discussion and meditation practice, this workshop will explore using the Buddha’s Eightfold Path to bring the ego out of its hiding places. Until we face the ego head on, we can never find the relief and love we yearn for.”
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About Mark Epstein, M.D
Mark Epstein, M.D. is a psychiatrist in New York City and the author of a number of books about the interface of Buddhism & psychotherapy, including Thoughts without a Thinker, Going to Pieces without Falling Apart, Going on Being, Open to Desire, Psychotherapy without the Self & The Trauma of Everyday Life. 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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About Robert A.F. Thurman
Suggested Books & Audio by Robert A.F. Thurman:
Man of Peace: Illustrated Life Story of Tibet’s Dalai Lama (Book), Infinite Life: Awakening to Bliss Within (Book), Anger: The Seven Deadly Sins (Book), Inner Revolution (Book), Circling the Sacred Mountain : A Spiritual Adventure Through the Himalayas (Book), Essential Tibetan Buddhism (Book), The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Book of Natural Liberation Through Understanding in the Between (Book) The Jewel Tree of Tibet: The Enlightenment Engine of Tibetan Buddhism (Book), The Central Philosophy of Tibet (Book), The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti: A Mahayana Scripture (Book), Life & Teachings of Tsong Khapa (Book), Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World (Book) & Liberation Upon Hearing in the Between: Living with the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Audio).