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Love & Intimacy

What the Buddhists Teach

July 18, 2014 – July 20, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY
Brenda Shoshanna, Larry Ward, Judy Lief
Member Tuition:
SM14-3102-810Brenda Shoshanna, Larry Ward, Judy Lief,

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Loving and intimate relationships can be the most wonderful experiences of our lives, bringing us moments of happiness and a sense of meaning and purpose.

But our intimate relationships can also be complicated, revealing our deepest insecurities, unhealed wounds, and selfish tendencies. When things go wrong with our lover, children, parents, and close friends, we may find ourselves getting angry and blaming them or feeling despair, not knowing how to heal the divide.

Through Buddhist practice, we are introduced to a deeper experience of love that goes beyond winning and losing relationship battles. We become aware of the hidden agendas, expectations, and judgments that can hinder a fulfilling experience of love and intimacy.

In the Shambhala Sun Foundation's eighth annual What the Buddhists Teach program, three outstanding teachers—Brenda Shoshanna, Larry Ward, and Judy Lief—guide us in exploring our intimate relationships and learning new ways to understand and nurture them.

Through presentations, discussions, practical exercises, and meditation, we learn to:

  • See our loved ones for who they are, rather than through the lens of "me" and "mine"
  • Listen and speak mindfully as the basis for healthy and loving communication
  • Identify obstacles that get in the way of intimacy
  • Use conflict as an opportunity to deepen our relationships
  • Cultivate pure love through the practice of letting go
  • Recognize that our relationships are in a constant state of change, or impermanence

This program is suitable for people who are new to Buddhism, as well as for experienced Buddhist practitioners who want to examine their relationships in the context of the Buddhist path.


Continuing Education
  • NBCC - Certified Counselors +$35
4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
Noon–1:00 p.m.Check Out

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details. 

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.


Brenda Shoshanna, PhD, a psychologist in private practice in Manhattan and a long-time practitioner of Zen and Judaism, is author of Zen and the Art of Falling in Love and When Someone You Care for Is Sick. In her work as a psychologist, speaker, and workshop leader, she helps people see relationships as spiritual practice.

Larry Ward

Larry Ward, director of the Lotus Institute, is a dharma teacher ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh. In his book, Love's Garden, coauthored by his wife, Peggy Rowe, he teaches how to use the practice of mindfulness to navigate difficulties in relationships and uncover one's own innate wisdom and courage to create loving partnerships.

Judy Lief

Judy Lief, a Buddhist teacher for more than 30 years, was a close student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who empowered her to teach in the Vajrayana and Shambhala traditions. She recently completed work on a three-volume collection of Chögyam Trungpa's teachings, The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma.