This course will examine how the contrasting traditions of Buddhism and psychoanalysis understand the roots of suffering, and how their divergent methods offer increased opportunities for healing when used in tandem. For clinicians, this course will provide an exploration of how the analytic treatment of common psychological struggles including depression and anxiety, as well as more complex forms of trauma, may be supported by Buddhist insights and methods. For meditators, this course will offer ways to address the psychological content that can arise in one’s spiritual practice through a psychodynamic approach to inner life. With periods of meditation practice, readings, and classroom discussion, together we will explore the foundational concepts addressed in both Buddhist and psychoanalytic teachings, including the nature of self, identity, loss, and efforts at healing.
No prior experience with meditation or psychoanalysis required. All are welcome.
- Professor: Pilar Jennings