Getting Over Yourself: The Best of Buddhism and Psychotherapy

August 19 - August 21, 2022

Buddhism and Western psychotherapy both recognize that the ego, and its accompanying sense of nagging self-doubt as it works to be bigger, better, smarter, and more in control, is the one affliction we all share. And while the ego claims to have our best interests at heart, in its never-ending pursuit of attention, security and self-esteem, it sabotages the very goals it sets out to achieve. Buddhist and Western psychotherapists have different visions of how to deal with this situation. In Buddhism, the emphasis is on taming the mind in order to bring out underlying qualities of wisdom and compassion. In psychotherapy, there is a great concern with excavating childhood difficulties and working through emotional blockages so as to free a person from the vestiges of the past. Can these two approaches be reconciled? What can Buddhism learn from therapy, and what can therapists learn from Buddhism?Join Mark Epstein as he talks with Robert Thurman about John Cage, D.W. Winnicott, Buddhist emptiness, clinging, mindfulness, insight, aggression, and good-enough parenting and how he has brought these worlds together in his own therapy practice. Drawing upon his recently published book, The Zen of Therapy: Uncovering a Hidden Kindness in Life, this weekend’s workshop, through lectures, discussion, meditation and questions and answers, will explore what an integrated approach to healing actually looks like and what it means to heal your heart and mind.This is a hybrid in-person/online retreat. This page is for the in-person option for this retreat. If you would prefer to attend online only from home instead, please CLICK HERE to go to the online option registration page.14 CE credits are being offered for this retreat for those who want them (for an additional fee of $65, payable to our Front Desk):
  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain their certificate of attendance for 4 years after the course concludes. 
  • For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact [YOUR ORGANIZATION’S CONTACT NAME AND EMAIL]. For questions about CE, contact Spiritual Competency Academy at [email protected]

ScheduleFriday, August 19
  • 3 - 8 pm Check- in
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:15 pm Welcome Program (Nalanda Conference Center)
Saturday, August 20
  • 7 - 8 am Tibetan Nejang Longevity Yoga (Nalanda Conference Center)
  • 8 - 9 am Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 12 pm Program (Nalanda Conference Center)
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 - 4 pm Free time for Spa Treatments, Hiking
  • 4 - 6 pm Program (Nalanda Conference Center)
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 pm Program (Nalanda Conference Center)
Sunday, August 21
  • 7 - 11 am Check-out of Rooms
  • 7 - 8 am Tibetan Nejang Longevity Yoga (Nalanda Conference Center)
  • 8 - 9 am Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 12 pm Closing Program (Nalanda Conference Center)
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 pm Optional Naga Fire Puja (Four Corners Field by Spa)
* Schedule is subject to change at anytime.



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