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Spiritual Awakening NOT Spiritual Bypassing

From the White House to Wall Street, from celebrity yoga teachers to professional athletes, it seems no one is immune to the Icarus syndrome. Overlooking our human limitations in an attempt to reach perfection can have dire consequences. As a culture we have lost touch with how to live meaningfully, choosing to satisfy our grandiose ambitions, egocentric desires, and primal urges rather than cultivate integrity and moral accountability. Buddhism offers contemplative maps and methods to achieve transcendence while psychotherapy monitors and greets our humanness; together we hope to forge a comprehensive and integrative model. How can we realistically strive for awakening while keeping an honest eye on our blind spots? How do we strategically maximize our innate potential without unknowingly overlooking our shadow? What can we learn from exploring the triumphs along with the despairs of human experience? In this six-part series of dialogues we will explore the six Paramittas (transcendent virtues) of Mahayana Buddhism, which teach us about living a life of integrity and wakefulness.  We will balance each lecture by considering potential pitfalls relevant to each virtue and ways that Western psychotherapy and meditation practice, conceived differently, can help us avoid spiritual bypassing. Through meditations, readings, and clinical examples, Dr. Miles Neale, Shastri Ethan Nichtern, and Dr. Jeffrey Rubin reframe the work of spiritual practice as an opportunity to accept and transform all that we are.  Recorded live at the Interdependence Project in New York City.

Course Reading


Human Nature, Buddha Nature: John Welwood on Spiritual Bypassing

Week 1: Generosity with Shastri Ethan Nichtern and Dr. Jeffrey Rubin

Monday, March 04, 2013
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Week 2: Ethics with Dr. Miles Neale and Dr. Jeffrey Rubin

Monday, March 11, 2013
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Week 3: Patience with Shastri Ethan Nichtern and Dr. Miles Neale

Monday, March 18, 2013
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Week 4: Diligence with Dr. Jeffrey Rubin and Shastri Ethan Nichtern

Monday, March 25, 2013
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Week 5: Meditation with Dr. Jeffrey Rubin and Dr. Miles Neale

Monday, April 01, 2013
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Week 6: Wisdom with Dr. Miles Neale and Shastri Ethan Nichtern

Monday, April 08, 2013
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