Classes will meet via Zoom
To register, contact Pamela Patton at firstname.lastname@example.org
In this 8-week online course, we will explore the healing potential and challenges of interpersonal relationships. Through the lens of Buddhist teachings and psychotherapeutic models of development, Dr. Pilar Jennings will examine the pervasive wish for fulfilling relationships with friends, family, and mentors, alongside the many difficulties we face in these complex efforts. Together we will talk through the key similarities and difference in the following dyads: therapists and patients; spiritual mentors and students; and parents and children. Each session will include a Dharma talk, guided meditation, and Q&A.
The course will end with an optional in-person retreat at the All Souls Church in NYC. Details to follow. All are welcome and no prior meditation experience is required.
10/25 – The Beginning: The Buddha Shakyamuni’s History of Relationship & Freud’s
11/01 – Our Beginnings: Early Infant Attachment & Buddhist non-attachment
11/08 – Selfhood & Subjectivity: How self is formed in relationship
11/15 – How Buddhist teachers approach relationship
11/22 – How Psychotherapists understand relationship
11/29 – Desire & Aggression: Navigating these common pitfalls
12/06 – The Role of Culture in Relationship
12/13 – Bringing Psyche & Spirit into Relationship
01/22 – Retreat: 10am – 4:30pm
Optional Readings: Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism, by Pilar Jennings. Wisdom Publications: Boston, Mass (2010).