This workshop is at capacity. No further spaces are available.
The workshop will be offered at the University Hall Amphitheater, Rm 2-150 at Lesley University, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue (2nd floor), Cambridge, MA.
Registration with Continuing Education Credits for psychologists is now available.
Our ego, and its accompanying sense of nagging self-doubt as we work to be bigger, better, smarter and more in control, is one affliction we all share. Based in a belief in its own separateness, the ego all too often acts in a frightened, clumsy and inefficient manner and drives a wedge between self and others. Unless we face the ego head on, we can never find the relief and love we yearn for.
In our day together, we will explore how:
- Anxiety, depression and addiction have their roots in the ego’s misguided attempts to control our experience;
- The ego recoils from the trauma of everyday life;
- The Eightfold Path, informed by the sensibility of Western psychotherapy, offers us a way of dealing with the intractable problem of the ego;
- The practice of bare attention offers a means of linking therapy and Buddhism by exposing our psychological defenses.
Appropriate for both new and experienced meditators, this workshop will focus on the intersection of Buddhist psychology and Western psychotherapy. As a Western psychiatrist who was first schooled in Buddhism, Mark Epstein brings his experience as a therapist to his understanding of insight meditation. He will speak about the writing of, and the thinking behind, his latest two books, The Trauma of Everyday Life and Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself, and will encourage discussion, Q&As and meditation practice.
Your registration includes one hard-cover copy of Mark Epstein’s newest book: Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself.
This benefit workshop is made possible through the generosity of Mark Epstein and the Mindfulness Master’s Degree Program at Lesley University. All proceeds benefit the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center.
Dr. Mark Epstein 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 The Trauma of Everyday Life, Thoughts without a Thinker and Going to Pieces without Falling Apart. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University.
Continuing Education Credits:
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center is offering continuing education credits for psychologists through co-sponsorship with The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 4.5 hours of credit.
This workshop is designed to help you:
- Apply techniques of Buddhist mindfulness and Western psychotherapy to the treatment of anxiety, depression and addiction
- Compare the Buddhist method of ‘bare attention’ to the ‘evenly suspended attention of psychoanalysis
- Recognize the symptoms of trauma
- Differentiate between acute trauma and relational (or developmental) trauma
- Analyze the relationship of Western attachment theory to Buddhist ‘detachment’ and selflessness