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Presence of Mind: On Mentalization, Mindfulness and No-Mind

Austen Riggs Center

25 Main St Large Conference Room
Stockbridge 01262
November 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Friday Night Guest Lecture

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:  Therapeutic attentiveness brings psychoanalysis and Buddhist meditation practice directly into dialogue. Evenly hovering attention and mindfulness are the respective terms but they do not convey the rich interweaving and uses of attention in each practice. This lecture examines presence of mind, which is not simply cognitive but embodied, and how it is recruited and brought to bear in each tradition. It will also explore, using examples from the instructor’s clinical work and Buddhist teaching, how each tradition’s theories of attention are informed by and in turn inform underlying models of mind and therapeutic change. 


  • To compare the concept of presence of mind in psychoanalysis and Buddhist meditation
  • To describe the intersection in their respective models of mind
  • To summarize why the dialogue between psychoanalysis and Buddhism may (or may not) be useful for each

This presentation is designed for mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, with no regular registration fee.


No registration required. For more information contact Alicia Zaludova at 413-931-5230.

2 hours
Intended Audience: