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Buddhism & Psychology: The Buddhist Teacher and the Therapist - Same or Different?
with Dr. Jonathan Kaplan and Shastri Ethan Nichtern
The Interdependence Project NYC
302 Bowery 3rd Floor (Ring Middle Buzzer)New York, NY 10012
Mon, 2/14/2011, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
This class is being offered as a part of a 6 week series titled: "Buddhism and Psychology: Does East Meet West?", and is also is open on a drop in basis to all. Participation in all six weeks is recommended, but not required.
Those who are new to meditation are welcome to attend.
This six week series will investigate the commonalities and distinctions between Western and Eastern forms of psychology and healing. Through presentations and conversations, we will review contemporary psychotherapies (ie., pschodynamic (Freudian), cognitive-behavioral, and positive psychology.) and explore their similarities and differences relative to Buddhist philosophy and practice. In particular, we will consider how Buddhist meditation techniques can support psychotherapy (and vice versa).
Topics include: Psychodynamic theory and the Buddhist view of Karma, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and the Buddhist view of Klesha, Positive Psychology and the Brahmaviharas, and the student/teacher relationship compared to the therapist/client relationship.
Readings: Thoughts Without a Thinker by Mark Epstein
Other readings forthcoming.
This course can be taken by anyone with an interest in these two disciplines, as well as anyone interested in starting or supporting a consistent meditation practice. Additionally, full attendance counts for six weeks of credit toward our secular Buddhist Studies certification program.
Jonathan Kaplan earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA in 2000. For over a decade, he has been providing cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with an emphasis on mindfulness and meditation. He won an Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association in 2007 for his work in "educating university communities about the mind-body connection." Recently, Dr. Kaplna achieved diplomate status with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and co-founded the NYC CBT Association. He is author of the new book Urban Mindfulness: Cultivating Peace, Presence, and Purpose in the Middle of It All, based on a blog that he started in 2008
Ethan Nichtern is the founding director and Senior Teacher in Residence of the Interdependence Project. For the past eight years, Ethan has taught ongoing meditation and Buddhist psychology classes and retreats in New York City and around North America. He is on the part-time faculty at Eugene Lang College at New School University and lectures regularly at Brown, Wesleyan, and New York Universities. In the summer of 2010, Ethan was empowered by his teacher, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, as a Shastri, a senior teacher of the Shambhala tradition representing the New York region.. He has also studied Theravadan and Soto Zen traditions, and is an avid yoga practitioner.
$13 for IDP Full Members
$10 for IDP Sustaining Members
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