Seiso Paul C. Cooper, Sensei, Ph.D., LP.  

Seiso Paul Cooper is an Ordained Soto Zen Priest & transmitted teacher, Psychoanalyst; Co-founder, Director, Guiding Teacher: Two Rivers Zen Community in Narrowsburg, N.Y.; Founder, Realizational Practice Studies Group, N.Y.C.; Former Dean of Training: National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP); Faculty, training analyst, supervisor: NPAP, IEA, MITPP; Faculty: Contemplative Studies Project, N.Y.C.; Editorial Board: Psychoanalytic Review; Award-winning author: Zen Insight, Psychoanalytic Action: Two Arrows Meeting (2019), The Zen Impulse and the Psychoanalytic Encounter (2010), Into the Mountain Stream: Psychotherapy and Buddhist Experience (2007). Recent journal publications: “Zen Musings on Bion’s O and K,” Psychoanalytic Review (2016), “Zen meditation, Reverie and Psychoanalytic Listening,” Psychoanalytic Review (2014),  Solitary Moon: New Waka (2017), Seiso Sensei maintains a private psychoanalytic practice in Manhattan and in Narrowsburg, N.Y. and he has presented his work on Buddhism & Psychoanalysis internationally. Publications     Book Link



Mark Finn, PhD,

Mark Finn is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. He has been active in the conversation between Buddhism and psychotherapy for many years, publishing and presenting widely in this area. He is a regular retreat facilitator at Zen Mountain Monastery  in Mt.Tremper, N.Y. and at Fire Lotus Temple in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is co-editor of Object Relations Theory and Religion (1992) and a contributor to numerous edited collections on Buddhism and psychotherapy. He is especially interested in the spiritual biographies of the Tibetan Karma Kagyu gurus and the relevance of their stories to our lives. He works in private practice in White Plains, New York, and Manhattan.


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Pilar Jennings

Pilar Jennings is a psychoanalyst based in New York City with a focus on the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation practice. She received her Ph.D. in Psychiatry and Religion from Union Theological Seminary, and has been working with patients and their families through the Harlem Family Institute since 2004. Dr. Jennings is a long-term practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. She is a Visiting Lecturer at Union Theological Seminary; Columbia University; and a Faculty Member of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science. Her publications have included “East of Ego: The Intersection of Narcissism and Buddhist Meditation Practice,” “I’ve Been Waiting for you: Reflections on Analytic Pain,” “Imagery and Trauma: The Psyche’s Push for Healing,” and Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism released through Wisdom Publications. Her most recent book: To Heal a Wounded Heart: On the Transformative Power of Buddhism & Psychotherapy in Action, was released in December 2017.



Karen Morris, LP, NCPsyA,

Karen Morris is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City and Narrowsburg, NY, where she runs an Applied Abhidhamma and Creativity study group, and social dreaming matrix. She is a facilitator of Social Dreaming Matrix groups in conference and retreat settings and an award-winning author of numerous articles on social trauma. Her first collection of poems, Cataclysm and Other Arrangements (Three Stones Press), received the Gradiva Award for Poetry from NAAP (2015). As an Ambassador of Hope for Shared Hope International, she is a public educator on global and domestic juvenile sex trafficking, child sex tourism and the culture of demand. She is a co-founder of Two Rivers Zen Community.

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