NYC Zen Group for Realizational Practice Studies

Realizational Practice Studies Institute

Offers Retreats, On-going Groups & Private Studies

Actualizing Realizational Practice


Buddhism & Psychotherapy

Practice / Study Group

Wednesdays: Ongoing: 11:00 – 12:00 Currently Closed

Meditation and Introduction to the Wheel of Life and Death: “The Hub”

Join in for Zen meditation and a lively free,-form discussion based on the Wheel of Life and how it can inform contemporary psychotherapy from a Buddhist perspective.

About the Wheel

The Wheel of Life serves a a pictorial representation of cyclic existence or “samsara.” It functions as a template for mapping out and understanding internal mental processes and their behavioral manifestations. The group will examine the wheel with an eye toward personal growth and the therapeutic process.

Zazen (Zen meditation) functions as the core practice and foundational teaching of the Zen Buddhist tradition. Shared group practice in a supportive setting provides the opportunity to fine-tune and deepen personal insights, which can lead to further discourse in the integration of both traditions. Readings from the Soto Zen scriptural and koan literature and psychoanalytic readings drawn from the Bionic development and from the integrative literature on Zen and psychoanalysis serve to inform our explorations with emphasis on the clinical relevance of these two highly experiential disciplines.

145 E.35th ST. #5FE. Fee: $40

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Group Facilitator: Seiso Paul C. Cooper, Sensei:

Psychoanalyst, Ordained Priest & transmitted teacher in the Soto Zen lineage; Co-founder, Director, Teacher: Two Rivers Zen Community, Honesdale, PA; Guiding Teacher: Lincoln Zen Center & Lotus Temple, Lincoln NE.Former Dean of Training and Senior Member: National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP); Faculty, training analyst, supervisor: NPAP, IEA; Editorial Board The Psychoanalytic Review; Author: The Zen Impulse and the Psychoanalytic Encounter (Routledge: 2010), Into the Mountain Stream: Psychotherapy and Buddhist Experience (Aronson: 2007) and numerous journal articles; most recently: “Zen Musings on Bion’s ‘O’ and ‘K'”, Psychoanalytic Review (2016). Paul maintains a private psychoanalytic practice in Manhattan and in Honesdale, PA.

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