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The Realizational Practice Studies Group

Two Rivers Zen Community

Realizational Practice Study Group


Actualizing a Realizational Practice: Buddhist Meditation & Psychoanalysis


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

Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21, 2018 Garrison Institute

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, which 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, Green Tara details Here.

Karen Morris will provide instructions and commentary 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 

Mark Finn will facilitate Q & A and discussion sessions

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. Closes October 10, 2018

Early Registration Discount By September 1: $120

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This retreat is limited to twenty participants

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