Know Your Own Mind: The Best of Buddhism and Psychotherapy

August 16 - August 18, 2024

Mark Epstein, M.D.

Robert A.F. Thurman

The interplay of Buddhism and Western psychology goes back at least a hundred years. The most spiritual of the world’s psychologies and the most psychological of the world’s religions, Buddhism teaches that the cultivation of self-awareness dispels ignorance about the nature of the self. By Freud’s time, much of the intelligentsia was at least marginally familiar with the outlines of Buddhist thought. A religion without a God, where Mind was considered the beginning, middle and end, was naturally of interest to those also drawn to psychoanalysis. In recent times, with mindfulness entering the therapeutic domain, the interplay between the two traditions has grown much more sophisticated. But the underlying psychology of Buddhist thought is still relatively obscure to those drawn to the meditative perspective.This weekend’s workshop is designed to make Buddhist psychology more accessible. Over the past several decades, Bob Thurman and Mark Epstein have worked together to explain how the two traditions can complement and enhance each other. Topics to be discussed include (but are not limited to) the Buddhist psychology of Abhidharma (the chemistry of the mind), the path of insight, the central concept of emptiness (shunyata) and emptiness as the womb of compassion, the trauma of being alive, and meditation and re-parenting. Meditation instruction will be included. Click Register Now above if you wish to register to attend in person at Menla. If you cannot attend in person and wish to join virtually/online, please click here to register for virtual participation. 
ScheduleFriday, August 16
  • 3 - 8 pm Arrival & Check-in
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 pm Welcome and Opening Class
Saturday, August 17
  • 7 - 8 am Tibetan Nejang (Longevity) Yoga
  • 8 - 9 am Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 12 pm Morning Class
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 - 4 pm Free Time for Spa Treatments, Relaxation, etc.
  • 4 - 6 pm Afternoon Class
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 pm Evening Class
Sunday, August 18
  • 7 - 11 am Check-out of Rooms
  • 7 - 8 am Tibetan Nejang (Longevity) Yoga
  • 8 - 9 am Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 12 pm Closing Class
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch & Departure
*Please note that the schedule is subject to change at any time. [social_warfare]


Mark Epstein, M.D.

Mark Epstein, M.D. is a psychiatrist in New York City and the author of a number of books about the interface of Buddhism & psychotherapy, including Thoughts without a Thinker, Going to Pieces without Falling Apart, Going on Being, Open to Desire, Psychotherapy without the Self, ...

Robert A.F. Thurman

Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House US and it's Menla Retreat & Spa. A world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, translator of Buddhis...



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