Realizational Practice Study Group


Actualizing a Realizational Practice: Buddhist Meditation & Psychoanalysis


Seiso Paul Cooper, Sensei, Mark Finn, Pilar Jennings & Karen Morris

Friday, October 30 – Sunday November 1, 2020

14 Mary’s Way, Rt. 9D, Garrison, N.Y. 10524

Meditation functions as the core practice and direct expression of the foundational teachings of the major Buddhist traditions. This silent retreat will be an opportunity for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, mental health professionals and interested individuals to engage in intense and extended meditation practice in the Soto Zen and the Tibetan Buddhist traditions.  Experience with meditation practice is not necessary. Individual and group instructions will be available. People from all meditative backgrounds – experienced or with little or no experience- are welcome.

This retreat, specially tailored to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and mental health professionals, within the context and structure of the traditional and formal Soto Zen silent retreat format, will include presentations and discussions on the interrelation between Buddhism and psychoanalysis and opportunities for private one-to-one discussions with the teachers.

Seiso Paul Cooper, Sensei will provide a general introduction to the Buddhist Bhavachakra, or Wheel of Life and Death with an emphasis on the twelve links of dependent-origination. The Wheel functions as a visual representation of basic Buddhist psychology to frame and facilitate a discussion on the interrelation and integration of Buddhism and psychoanalysis, “Wheel” Details Here.

Pilar Jennings will provide guided meditations on Green Tara from the Tibetan Vajrayana perspective and the relation between this practice and the clinical situation. Green Tara details Here.

Mark Finn will provide instructions, commentary and follow-up discussions with links to Dogen Zenji, the founder of the Soto Zen tradition and facilitate a Social Dreaming Matrix each morning. Social Dreaming Matrix Details Here 

The afternoon session will provide space for questions and discussion facilitated by Mark Finn. It may be helpful to reflect on the decision to locate our sitting practice in a religious frame and to name the foundational view of the Mahayana that underlies both Zen and Tibetan Buddhism. This is also an opportunity to share how all of this is lived out in clinical work.

Periods of sitting and walking meditation are scheduled throughout the retreat and opportunities for private interviews will be part of the schedule.

We invite you to participate in an exploration of these great traditions deeply centered and nurtured in the shared intimacy of a practice-oriented retreat environment grounded in extensive meditation practice, which will function as the nodal point of the retreat.

Retreat Fee:

Registration: $150 [Before May 15th. $120] Registration Closes June 15th, 2019

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This retreat is limited to twenty participants

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