New Class Offering!



Wheel of Life and Death: Bhavachakra

with Seiso Paul Cooper

Sponsored by the Contemplative Studies Project of New York

Meets:​ Wednesdays 11:00-12:30

Location: 145 E.35th St. # 5FE, NYC         Fee: six-session: $300. Individual sessions: $60

Questions: Contact Seiso Paul Cooper

The Wheel of Life & Death​ functions as a pictorial representation of cyclic existence or “samsara.” It is comprised of a series of concentric circles that detail how the mind is structured and functions. It serves as a template for mapping out and understanding internal mental processes, the range of emotional and psychological states that contribute to our sense of identity and their behavioral manifestations that can contribute to identifying both internal and relational forms of violence, which expands our awareness and choices that in turn can contribute to non-violent and constructive responses to self and others. ​

This six-session experiential and didactic workshop will examine the elements and dimensions of the wheel in relation to psychoanalytic concepts and practices with an eye toward personal growth and the therapeutic process and will include applications to meditation practice.

While overlaps and variations will occur based on the needs, interests and constitution of each group, the sessions will cover the following topics

Session-1: Introduction and “Hub” “The Three Poisons”

Session-2: “The Six Realms:” Overview

Session-3: “Six Realms” in the Therapeutic Encounter

Session -5: “Twelve Links of Dependent Origination:”

Session- 6: “Twelve Links:” Mind in Evolution

Format: 90-minute session includes a period of meditation, presentation of material, discussion of theoretical relevance in relation to personal and clinical application.

Seiso, Paul Cooper, Sensei is faculty at The Contemplative Studies Project of N.Y.; ​Director and head teacher of the Two Rivers Zen Community, Narrowsburg, N.Y. “Realizational Studies Group”, N.Y.C;​ Lotus Zen Center, Lincoln, NE. He is member of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association & the American Zen Teacher’s Association.  He received precepts in 2000 and ​ordained as a priest and a ​dharma transmitted teacher in the Soto Zen ​lineage.  He is a practicing psychoanalyst, supervisor and faculty member at I.E.A., MITPP and NPAP where he also served as Dean of Training.  He is​ an award-winning author and poet, including ​the critically acclaimed The Zen Impulse and the Psychoanalytic Encounter.

For Registration: Check or Money Order to Paul Cooper, 145 E.35th St #5FE, NYC 10016

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