- March 1, 2018
- 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
According to ancient Chinese philosophy, to exist is to be in relationship. In Rinzai Zen, which originated in China, giving away one's self completely to that with which one is in relationship is self-realization. This is also called "seeing one's original face" or, as one Zen Master put it, "manifesting True Love". What does this mean in our contemporary lives? More importantly, how does one's "original face" or one's nature as "True Love" actually manifest in our relationships with other people and the world around us?
In this workshop, participants examine moments of self-realization as they occur in our most important relationships with a focus specifically on relationships between spiritual teachers and students as well as between therapists and clients. How are these two kinds of relationship different? Can a moment of self-realization occur in both kinds of relationship? How is such a moment experienced and how does it transform one's self-experience? This workshop offers an exploration of these questions through stories, case vignettes, and experiential exercises.
Kaisa Puhakka, PhD, Professor Emeritus at CIIS is currently living in San Miguel de Allende after teaching in the Psychology Program from 2001 through 2016. She has sought to bring together the insights of psychoanalytic psychology and psychotherapy with the deeper understandings from her many decades of spiritual practice in the nondual wisdom traditions, both Hindu and Buddhist. She has offered workshops and meditation retreats in Romania and served as a dharma teacher with Coastside Vipassana, a splinter group from Spirit Rock in California. She has also been active with the Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy Conference for many years. She has published two books and numerous articles and book chapters on topics ranging from ecopsychology, psychotherapy, and the nondual wisdom traditions of Buddhism.