Anxiety Addiction & Depression To Love Relief & Understanding

May 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – May 12, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Tibet House US
22 W 15th St
New York, NY, 10011
United States
Tibet House US

Friday, May 11; 7-9PM

From Anxiety, Addiction and Depression to Love, Relief and Understanding: A Buddhist Approach
Sharon Salzberg, Mark Epstein and Robert Thurman

Trauma happens to everyone. The potential for it is part and parcel of the precariousness of human existence. Some traumas–loss, death, accidents, disease or abuse—are sudden and explicit; others—like lack of attunement between children and their parents—are more ongoing and subtle. But it is hard to imagine the scope of an individual life without envisioning some kind of trauma: big or little. Everyone has to deal with it some time or other and anxiety, addiction, and depression are natural reactions.

Despite this fact, many people are reluctant to acknowledge their inner struggles. They shy away from facing them, in the hope that this will make them more normal. Carrying on as if their underlying feelings of disease are shameful, they stay more on the surface of themselves than need be. The Buddha, one of the world’s first great psychologists, saw this tendency toward disavowal as a problem. Always a realist, he made acknowledgement of suffering the centerpiece of his First Noble Truth. The great promise of the Buddha’s teachings is that suffering is only his First Truth. Truths Three and Four (the End of Suffering and the Eightfold Path to its relief) offers something that therapy has long aspired to but found difficult to achieve. Acknowledging the traumas in our lives is important; learning how to relate to them is crucial.

This evening’s workshop will explore the Buddhist approach through talk, discussion and meditation.

Saturday, May 12; 10AM-5PM

Facing the Ego
Sharon Salzberg, Mark Epstein and Robert Thurman

Both Buddhist and Western psychologies have found that the ego, the primary mechanism of defense against the unpredictability of the world, is not always to be trusted. Anxiety, depression and addiction have their roots in the ego’s misguided attempts to control our experience. Based in a belief in its own separateness, the ego all too often acts in a frightened, clumsy and inefficient manner, whispering to us in our inner thoughts and driving a wedge between self and others. While the ego is a necessary construction, it can be treacherous. It is a mistake to give it too much power. Today’s workshop, with further talk, discussion and meditation practice, will focus on bringing the ego out of its hiding places. Unless we face the ego head on, we can never find the relief and love we yearn for.


Friday, May 11; 7-9 PM | General: $25/Members:$22.50
Saturday, May 12; 10 AM-5 PM | General $80/Members:$72