- February 18-19, 2017
- 10:00 am to 6:30 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
The trickster is an important aspect of any spiritual tradition-providing levity, humor, and creative mischief to the process of awakening. Comparing Buddhist approaches with Western mythic and psychological tales of the trickster, this workshop focuses on three different aspects of the trickster:
- The Buddha as Trickster: Explore the story of Buddha's quest for enlightenment as a tale of provocation and paradox, and learn a variety of Buddhist practices that stimulate spiritual growth.
- The Ego as Trickster: Buddhist practices reveal the humor of egoic and emotional rigidity and make clear that the ego is both our closest friend and our worst enemy.
- The Teacher as Trickster: A destroyer of illusion, the teacher gleefully goads us to grow beyond hope and fear, and shows us how to laugh at death. Discover Buddhist practices of union with the guru, or learning how to be with the trickster within.
15 BBS/RN CEs available (MFT, LCSW, RN)
This course is also available for one unit of academic credit to CIIS students. Must attend full weekend.
Steven Goodman, PhD, is director of CIIS' Asian and Comparative Studies program. A former Rockefeller Fellow and visiting professor in Religious Studies at Rice University, he is coeditor of Tibetan Buddhism: Reason and Revelation and author of the forthcoming book The Buddhist Psychology of Awakening (Shambhala).