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. Additional copies will be available to purchase.
This benefit workshop is made possible through the generosity of Mark Epstein. 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.