Mark Epstein and Joseph Goldstein
The Trauma of Being Alive
A Path of Awakening
May 3, 2014
Society for Ethical Culture, New York, NY
When our lives are touched by traumatic events, we often resist or deny how we feel, trying as much as possible to be “normal.” But the struggle to be “normal” is counterproductive. Loss, pain, mourning, loneliness, illness, and death are aspects of being alive.
The Buddha, one of the world’s first great psychologists, made acknowledgment of suffering the centerpiece of his teaching. The way out is through. When we stop distancing ourselves from our pain, or the pain of others, we open up the possibility of a new experience—one that often surprises because of how much joy, connection, or relief it yields.
Join Mark Epstein, MD, and Joseph Goldstein, experts in Buddhist psychology, to explore the theory and practice of Vipassana, or Insight Meditation—the Buddha’s method of discovering freedom when dealing with the trauma of being alive. Questions will be answered, meditations offered, and discussion is encouraged.
Trauma, if it does not destroy us, can be used to awaken the mind.
This workshop is appropriate for both nonprofessionals and helping professionals.
This workshop begins Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. and ends Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
Mark Epstein, MD, is a Harvard-educated psychiatrist and author whose latest work, The Trauma of Everyday Life, uses the Buddha’s biography to explore the hidden psychodynamics and contemporary relevance of Buddhist thought. He also is author of Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart; Going on Being; Thoughts Without a Thinker; Open to Desire; and Psychotherapy Without a Self.
Joseph Goldstein, cofounder of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, is also a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where he is one of the organization’s guiding teachers. Since 1967, he has studied and practiced Buddhist meditation under eminent teachers from India, Burma, and Tibet. He has been leading insight and lovingkindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974.
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