East-West Psychology


EWP Academic News Archive - 2009

EWP chair Jorge Ferrer's Revisioning Transpersonal Theory translated into Italian

This November Edizione Crisalide published the Italian translation of Jorge's book, with the title of Una Re-Visione della Psicologia Transpersonale: Una visione partecipativa della spiritualità umana. For more information, go to: http://www.ilgiardinodeilibri.it/libri/__una-re-visione-della-psicologia-transpersonale.php.

EWP Ph.D. student Rochelle D'Silva presents at the "First Global Conference on Madness" in Oxford, England

The organization that hosted the conference has published a book with a selection of papers, which also includes the one that Rochelle presented. She hopes to have a personal copy of the book in a few months. For more information, please go to: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/publishing/id-press/books/configuring-madness.

EWP core faculty Brendan Collins chairs panel on Thomas Merton

Invited by the International Thomas Merton Society, Professor Collins chaired a panel at the Society's Eleventh Meeting on "Thomas Merton and the New Monasticism," at Nazareth College, Rochester, New York.

EWP core faculty Carol Whitfield publishes two books

Two books by Professor Carol Whtifield, The Jungian Myth and Advaita Vedanta and The Vedantic Self and the Jungian Psyche, have been recently published by Arsha Vidya Centre Publications (Chennai, India). Using both comparative analysis and integral scholarship, Professor Whitfield's works develop an original synthesis of Jungian psychology and Advaita Vedanta.

EWP Ph.D. student Zayin Neumann presents at Jean Gebser Conference

Zayin recently presented a paper on "Atemporal Creativity: Evolution beyond Lines and Spirals," at the 39th Annual International Jean Gebser Society Conference: Identity, Civilization, and Consciousness, October 15-17, 2009, Hofstra University, New York.

EWP Ph.D. student Steven Dallmann founded The Liberation Institute

The Liberation Institute is a grassroots community based mental health non-profit organization in San Francisco. Dedicated to the "support, study, and celebration of personal growth, healing, and freedom for all," the Institute strives to bring the energies of social justice, spirituality, and creativity into the world of clinical psychology. Central to that mission is our mental health clinic, which offers psychotherapy to "anyone and everyone" at a sliding scale that starts at just $1. Founded by the EWP Ph.D. student Steven (Stever) Dallmann, the Institute has just announced an expansion of services. This development is made possible by the fact that several CIIS graduates and students have recently joined the Institute as volunteer therapists and practitioners. For more information check out the web site: www.liberationinstitute.org

Review of EWP chair Jorge Ferrer & Jacob Sherman's The Participatory Turn in The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology by EWP Adjunct Faculty Craig Chalquist

EWP adjunct faculty Craig Chalquist reviews Jorge Ferrer and Jacob Sherman's The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies (SUNY Press, 2008) in the current issue of The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 2009, Vol. 41, No. 1.

EWP alum teaches at UC Berkeley and publishes book

Martina Dannecker (Ph.D., 2005) is currently a visiting scholar in the psychology department at UC Berkeley. Since her graduation, she has taught at UC Berkeley, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Laney College, and CIIS. Her EWP doctoral dissertation was recently published as a book, Myogenic Transformation of Emotions: A Dialectical Inquiry into Western Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology (Köln: Lambert Publishing, 2009). Her latest publication is a chapter on "Emotional Affliction and Mental Illness from a Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist Perspective" in G. Etzelmüller and A. Weissenrieder (Eds.), Religion and Illness: Which Relationships are Life-Enhancing? Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellchaft (WBG). Martina is currently building a private practice for emotional healing and spiritual counseling, applying Jungian psychology, Buddhist meditation, and Osho body energy work.

EWP department offers students scholarships to present at conferences

During the academic year 2009/10, the EWP department will offer several scholarships to EWP students to present their work at two conferences: (1) Towards a Science of Consciousness 2010, April 13-17, 2010, Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, Arizona; and (2) Seventeenth International Transpersonal Conference: Consciousness Revolution: Transpersonal Discoveries that Are Changing the World, Moscow, June 23 - 27, 2010. To qualify for the scholarships, candidates need to show official notification that their presentation has been accepted by the conferences' organizing committees.

EWP alum Kundan Singh (Ph.D., 2008) has teaching and speaking engagements:

In addition to teaching a course on "Cultural Psychology: Emotions and Culture" at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and on "History of Integral Thought and Action" at CIIS, Kundan has recently offered an impressive number of talks at various conferences: "Paul Hacker and the Neo-colonial Construction of Neo-Hinduism" at the 43rd Annual Conference on Asian studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) and at the Eighteenth International Conference on Vedanta (University of Massachusetts); "Rambachan and the Limits of Social Constructivist Thinking in the Analysis of the Thought of Swami Vivekananda" at the Seventh International World Association of Vedic Studies Conference; and "Postmodernism, Integral Philosophy, and the Transformation of Mind," at the Symposium on Integral Consciousness (CIIS); among others.

EWP Ph.D. student Jeremy C. Zhu publishes paper in the Journal of Analytical Psychology

Jeremy's paper, "Analytical Psychology and Daoist Inner Alchemy," has been officially published in the prestigious The Journal of Analytical Psychology. Commissioned by the Society of Analytical Psychology in London, The Journal of Analytical Psychology is the foremost international Jungian publication in English. The paper is a critical response to C.G. Jung's interpretation of the Daoist text known as The Secret of the Golden Flower that seeks to set the foundations for a more meaningful comparison between Jungian psychology and Eastern traditions. To view the entire paper, please go to:

EWP adjunct faculty Mariana Caplan publishes new book, Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path

Is enlightenment less about fireworks and bliss and more about dismantling illusions? How do we fully integrate our practice into daily living? What's the best way to work with the ego and the shadow? Mariana's new book, Eyes Wide Open (Sounds True, 2009), explores these questions and more, offering practitioners from any tradition-or those just getting started-a traveler's guide through "the labyrinth of increasing subtlety" that defines a genuine spiritual life. For more information about the book, please go to: http://bit.ly/C0hzB or www.realspirituality.com.

EWP adjunct faculty Renee Soule publishes in The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace

This beautiful four-volume set offers a comprehensive survey of the full range of historical, political, theoretical, and philosophical issues relating to peace and conflict. Under the expert editorship of Nigel Young, with a significant foreword by the Dalai Lama, and with over 850 A-Z entries signed by leading scholars, this set will be an unrivalled reference in the field and we are excited to be its publisher. The title of professor Soule's entry, who teaches ecopsychology courses in EWP, is "Ecopsychology and Peace."

EWP adjunct faculty and alum Alessandra Strada, Ph.D., presents on transpersonal psychotherapy at the World Congress in Psycho-Oncology in Vienna

In addition, she was recently invited to be on the advisory counsel of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, and was part of a task force sponsored by the Templeton Foundation to design national guidelines for the provision of spiritual care to patients with advanced illness. Alessandra will be teaching an EWP Summer 2010 course on the Psychology of Death and Dying.

Book Reviews of The Participatory Turn

Three review essays on EWP chair Jorge Ferrer and Jacob Sherman's The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies (SUNY Press, 2008), have recently appeared in Tikkun ("Spiritual Democracy: Beyond Consciousness and Culture," by Anne Gleig and N. V. Boeving), Network Review ("The Reinvention of Religion," by Chris Clarke), and Resurgence (by Peter Reason).

EWP adjunct faculty Marguerite Rigoglioso at Harvard University

EWP adjunct faculty Marguerite Rigoglioso has been invited to deliver the James C. Loeb Lecture at Harvard University this coming October 16. Sponsored by the Department of the Classics, Marguerite will be presenting on her book The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece to a number of major scholars in the departments of classics, anthropology, folklore, archaeology, and the Harvard Divinity School. A reception will follow, and the evening will conclude with a private dinner for 8 select guests at the Harvard Faculty Club.

EWP adjunct faculty Craig Chalquist's book in Time magazine

A lengthy article on Craig Chalquist's new book, Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind (Sierra Books, 2009), appeared recently in Time magazine. To read the article, please go to http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1912687,00.html. For Craig's Letter to the Editor in response to the Time article: http://www.ecotherapyheals.com/reply.html. Craig is teaching two new courses this Fall semester in the EWP Program: "Planetary Psychology" and "Qualitative Research Methods."

Paperback edition of The Participatory Turn available

In September 2009, the paperback edition of Jorge Ferrer and Jacob Sherman's The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies (SUNY Press, 2008) became available. The anthology includes essays by the CIIS faculty members Robert McDermott and Sean Kelly, as well as by other renowned scholars from the field of Religious Studies, such as William Chittick, Lee Irwin, Donald Rothberg, William Barnard, and Beverly Lanzetta. For book information (table of contents, advanced praise, etc.), please go to http://sunypress.edu/details.asp?id=60450.

EWP Ph.D. student Rochelle Suri presents "Hearing Voices: What does Transpersonal Psychology have to Say?" at the First World Congress on Hearing Voices 2009: Exploring the Tension between Experience, Theory and Practice (Netherlands, September 2009).

Then at the 2009 Humanistic Psychotherapies Conference (Division 32/ APA) she will offer a workshop on "Psychotherapy with the Elderly: A Humanistic Perspective," as well as participate in a panel on "The Need for Diversity in Existential and Humanistic Psychology: First Steps at Integrating Diversity Perspectives" (University of the Rockies, Colorado Springs, October 2009).

EWP core faculty Brendan Collins speaks on "Christianity after Sri Aurobindo."
On September 2009, Brendan was invited to offer a talk on "Christianity after Sri Aurobindo: Dom Bede Griffiths' Experiment in South India, 1955-1993," at the Cultural Integration Fellowship, San Francisco. Brendan discussed how Dom Bede Griffiths, an English Benedictine monk and pioneer of the East-West dialogue, revisioned Christianity after his encounter with the work of Sri Aurobindo, Indian philosophy and religion, and the lived experience of his experimental monastic community in South India, 1955-1993.

EWP chair Jorge Ferrer offers a lecture and discussion on "Sexual Intimacy, Spiritual Intimacy: Embodied Reflections" (August 11, 2009).

The lecture is part of a once a month program offered at One Taste over 10 months called The Intimate Life, which was promoted in a New York Times article last January and has included lectures by Thomas Moore, Daniel Pinchbeck, Michael Bader, among others.

EWP chair Jorge N. Ferrer, after teaching a graduate course on Embodied Transpersonal Inquiry at Ritsumekian University in Kyoto (Japan), offered a keynote speech on integral education at the Conference of Holistic Education (Kyoto).

EWP adjunct faculty Craig Chalquist co-edits new book, Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind (Sierra Club, 2009).

Ecotherapy, or applied ecopsychology, encompasses a broad range of nature-based methods of psychological healing, grounded in the crucial fact that people are inseparable from the rest of nature and nurtured by healthy interaction with the Earth. Leaders in the field, including Robert Greenway, and Mary Watkins, contribute essays that take into account the latest scientific understandings and the deepest indigenous wisdom. Other key thinkers, from Bill McKibben to Richard Louv to Joanna Macy, explore the links among ecotherapy, spiritual development, and restoring community. Please go to http://www.amazon.com/Ecotherapy-Healing-Nature-Linda-Buzzell/dp/1578051614/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1231355516&sr=8-2.

Tikkun reviews Jorge N. Ferrer and Jacob H. Sherman's The Participatory Turn

The current May/June issue of the magazine Tikkun: Politics, Spirituality, Culture (available at the newsstands and www.tikkun.org) includes a lengthy review of EWP chair Jorge Ferrer's co-edited anthology (with CIIS alum Jacob Sherman), The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies (SUNY Press, 2008). With the title of "Spiritual Democracy: Beyond Consciousness and Culture," the authors Anne Gleig and Nicholas G. Boeving (Rice University) sum up the project and unpack its spiritually democratic implications.

EWP adjunct faculty Marguerite Rigoglioso's publishes new book, The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece (Palgrave, 2009)

Scouring myth, legend, and history from a female-oriented perspective, she argues that many in the highest echelons of Greek civilization believed non-ordinary conception was the only means possible of bringing forth true leaders, and that special virgin priestesshoods were dedicated to this practice. Her book adds a unique perspective to our understanding of antiquity, and has significant implications for the study of Christianity and other religions in which divine birth claims are central. For more information, go to http://cultofdivinebirth.com.

EWP alum Dr. Janet LeValley, currently the Head of Psychology at the Sri Lanka campus of an international university, just graduated the first psychology majors ever in Sri Lanka through the Community Psychology Program with a humanistic/transpersonal orientation she designed and launched. She has been twice voted the "Most Outstanding Faculty" by the one and half thousand students of her campus. She has also adopted a family, started a service program for kids, and provided post-traumatic stress counseling and expressive arts therapy for people in the aftermath of the tsunami and civil war. As CIIS anthropology professor Matthew Bronson writes, "Janet really is a poster child for the kind of difference we are trying to make in the world and I though you all should know."

Janet's EWP dissertation, based on her doctoral fieldwork in Northern India, was titled, "Child incarnate-child divine: A cross-cultural investigation of development and spirituality." After graduation, Janet taught courses in the social sciences, cross-cultural psychology, and ecopsychology in educational institutions such as California State University Hayward, Columbia College, DeVay University, Akamai University (Hawaii), and the Institute of Global Studies.

She writes: "One last comment I want to add is that many years ago when I first informed my mother that I would be entering CIIS for a doctorate in East-West Psychology, she seemed rather obviously depressed about it and predicted that I would never find anyone to hire me with such a useless degree, and certainly not a real job with benefits. I have given her just cause to re-think that prediction. For anyone considering what can be done with such a degree, I want to answer, "PLENTY OF EVERYTHING!".

Research project on solving interreligious conflict

EWP chair Jorge N. Ferrer was one of the four members of the "Expert Group" convened by the organization Religions for Peace, in cooperation with the Fetzer Institute, to consult on a research project to harness the socially transformative power of spiritual assets for healing and building compassionate communities. The group will be joined by a multi-religious group of theologians and practitioners from Sri Lanka, as well as Religions for Peace colleagues.

The proposed research project is to take place in Sri Lanka, a country with four major religious communities: Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, and Islamic. Sri Lanka has also been marked by decades of civil war and has been shaped by communal identities. Religions for Peace has been mandated by all of the religious communities there to build a nation-wide inter-religious council. The project is being organized around five desired outcomes:

The development of concrete typologies of the spiritual assets of each of Sri Lanka's four major religious communities.

The development of community-specific pedagogies that are designed to engage spiritual assets with needed areas of social healing and the building of harmonious communities.

The re-expression of these pedagogies for multi-religious and multi-stakeholder engagement.

Confirmation of the efficacy of these pedagogies within each community.

The articulation of a model and process that can be replicated in other cultural contexts.

The expert group met in New York City on February 27-28, 2009.

Book authored by Kundan (EWP recent graduate)

EWP alum Kundan converted his recent EWP doctoral dissertation into a book with the title of The Evolution of Integral Yoga: Sri Aurobindo, Sri Ramakrishna, and Swami Vivekananda (Verlag, 2009). Kundan's dissertation was chaired by EWP chair Jorge Ferrer and Dr. Bahman Shirazi was his second committee member.

Kundan's book argues that Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda laid the conceptual and practical foundations of Integral Yoga before Sri Aurobindo and the Mother took it to its fruition. To this end, the book offers a comprehensive comparison of the works of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda with the works of Sri Aurobindo, as well as an examination of both convergences and divergences specifically focused on the features of Integral Yoga. For more information about Kundan's book, please go to: http://www.amazon.com/Evolution-Integral-Yoga-Ramakrishna-Vivekananda/dp/3639086953/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233725108&sr=1-1

ReVision monographs on The Participatory Turn

The last two issues of the journal ReVision (2009, Vol 29, #3-4) are devoted to further the emergence of a participatory world view in transpersonal studies, anthropology, indigenous studies, ecopsychology, and other disciplines. With the title "The Participatory Turn, Part I & II," they are introduced as an important companion to Jorge Ferrer and Jacob Sherman's upcoming coedited anthology, The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies. The ReVision monographs include essays by CIIS faculty member Richard Tarnas, and two CIIS graduates (Randy Conner and Luan Fauteck Makes Marks), in addition to essays by editor Gregg Lahood, and authors John Heron, David Abram, Jürgen Kremer, and Michael Bauwens-the latter delivered a special lecture at CIIS on March 11, sponsored by EWP.