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The Interplay of Psychoanalysis and Buddhism: Partners in Liberation

Austen Riggs Center

25 Main St Large Conference Room
Stockbridge 01262
November 16, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Saturday Morning Clinical Workshop

Joseph Bobrow, Ph.D., Roshi


DESCRIPTION OF PRESENTER:  Josheph Bobrow, Ph.D., Roshi, is the founder and president of the Coming Home Project, a community service that meets the needs of returning Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.  He is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. Joseph was Chief of Psychology and Director of Training of the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser Hospital and Medical Center in South San Francisco. He is also a Zen Master and served on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio of San Francisco, located at the Main Post Chapel. Joseph teaches and writes on the interplay of Western psychology, Buddhism, and the beloved community in transforming human suffering, including war-related trauma.

DESCRIPTION OF EVENT:  Buddhism and psychoanalysis appear like strange bedfellows. One path exhorts us to forget the self, while the other helps us create a working sense of self. One provides a safe place to explore our emotions, the other encourages us to let them go. One cultivates integration of the person, the other transcending and seeing through the veil of the personal into our true nature. One focuses on conscious meditative practice while the other holds that much of what ails us is unconscious. One addresses relationships directly while the other privileges the contemplative efforts of the individual. One sees attachment as a human need throughout life, while the other sees it as a prime cause of suffering. In reality, however, the principles and practices of Buddhism and psychoanalysis are not inimical; they actually complement and enrich one another. In this workshop we will discover how our capacity to live full, wise and compassionate lives is enhanced by an integrative model in which spiritual and emotional growth “interare.” How? Buddhism helps us engage each moment of our lives with maximal aliveness and experience for ourselves our essential nature, beyond loss and gain, success and failure. Personal and interpersonal psychoanalytic work help us become whole selves. It takes a differentiated, integrated person to fully embody our essential, no-self nature. And, as we realize the empty, multi-centered nature of ourselves and all beings, we and our unique qualities are brought to life and fruition. The workshop, including clinical examples, discussion and brief guided meditation, will create conditions for us to make the material our own.


  • Describe the characteristics of an integrative view of human development and healing that brings together emotional and spiritual elements
  • Outline the differences between psychoanalytic and Buddhist principles and praxis
  • Identify how these differences challenge and enrich one another

This presentation is designed for mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, with a $25 registration fee.



For more information contact Alicia Zaludova at 413-931-5230.

Saturday Morning Workshops are open to licensed mental health professionals. Workshops require advance registration with payment of a non-refundable fee of $25.00. Register online for Saturday Morning Workshops, or call (413) 931-5273. Space is limited.

3 hours
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Total Cost: $25.00