• January 26, 2022
  • 6:30 pm
  • Online (PST)
Add to Calendar 01/26/2022 6:30 pm 01/26/2022 America/Los_Angeles On the Zen of Therapy Join psychiatrist and author of The Zen of Therapy Mark Epstein for a conversation on his work and book, and discover how, by weaving together the wisdom of two worlds, you can find greater awareness. Online (PST) false MM/DD/YYYY

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(Copies of Mark's book, The Zen of Therapy, are available at checkout)

This event will be streamed live online with an interactive Q&A. Instructions on how to join will be emailed to registrants shortly before the event. This event will be recorded and will be available to watch on our YouTube channel and portions of the audio will be released on our podcast.

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For years, Mark Epstein kept his beliefs as a Buddhist separate from his work as a psychiatrist. Content to use his training in mindfulness as a private resource, he trusted that the Buddhist influence could, and should, remain invisible. But as he became more forthcoming with his patients about his spiritual learning, he was surprised to find many were eager to hear more. The divisions between the psychological, emotional, and the spiritual were not as distinct as one might think. 
Both meditation and psychotherapy encourage a willingness to face life’s difficulties with courage that can be hard to otherwise muster. Therapy—an element of Western medicine—can in fact be considered a two-person meditation. Mindfulness, like a good therapist, can hold our awareness for us and allow us to come to our senses and find inner peace. In his latest book, The Zen of Therapy, Dr. Epstein reflects on a year’s worth of selected sessions with his patients and observes how, in the incidental details of a given hour, his Buddhist background influences the way he works. 
Through his writing, speaking, and work, Dr. Epstein illuminates the therapy relationship as spiritual friendship, and reveals how therapists can help patients cultivate the sense that there is something magical, something wonderful, and something to trust running through our lives—no matter how fraught they have been or might become. When we realize how readily we have misinterpreted ourselves, when we stop clinging to our falsely conceived constructs, when we touch the ground of being, we come home. 

Join Dr. Epstein in conversation about his work and his latest book, and discover how, by weaving together the wisdom of two worlds, you can find greater awareness.

Mark Epstein is an older white man with dark and silvery hair that is cropped at his ears. He is smiling, wearing dark-colored glasses.

Mark Epstein is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and the author of a number of books about the interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy, including Advice Not Given, The Trauma of Everyday Life, Thoughts without a Thinker and Going to Pieces without Falling Apart. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University.  

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