From Anxiety, Addiction & Depression to Love, Relief & Understanding: A Buddhist Approach with Sharon Salzberg, Mark Epstein M.D. and Robert A.F. Thurman, Tibet House US New York, May 2018
Archive recording from the Tibet House US teaching with Robert A.F. Thurman, Sharon Salzberg + Mark Epstein M.D “From Anxiety, Addiction and Depression” held in New York City, May 2018.
“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.”
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? Music by Tenzin Choegyal, Used with Permission www.tenzinchoegyal.com.
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About Sharon Salzberg
Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and New York Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching.
She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of ten books including NY Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Loving Kindness and her most release by Flatiron Books, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection.
Suggested Books + Audio by Sharon Salzberg
Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection (Book), Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation (Book), Real Happiness at Work (Book), Voices of Insight (Book), Loving Kindness (Book), Faith (Book), Love Your Enemies (Book), Heart as Wide as the World (Book), Insight Meditation : A Step by Step Course on How To Meditate (Audio + Book), Room to Breathe: An At-Home Meditation Retreat (Audio), Loving Kindness Meditation (Audio) & Guided Meditations for Love & Wisdom (Audio).
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About 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, The Trauma of Everyday Life. & Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University and is currently Clinical Assistant Professor in the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at New York University.
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About Robert AF Thurman
Suggested Books & Audio by Robert AF Thurman:
Man of Peace: Illustrated Life Story of Tibet’s Dalai Lama (Book), Infinite Life: Awakening to Bliss Within (Book), Anger: The Seven Deadly Sins (Book), Inner Revolution (Book), Circling the Sacred Mountain : A Spiritual Adventure Through the Himalayas (Book), Essential Tibetan Buddhism (Book), The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Book of Natural Liberation Through Understanding in the Between (Book) The Jewel Tree of Tibet: The Enlightenment Engine of Tibetan Buddhism (Book), The Central Philosophy of Tibet (Book), The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti: A Mahayana Scripture (Book), Life & Teachings of Tsong Khapa (Book), Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World (Book) & Liberation Upon Hearing in the Between: Living with the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Audio).
Connect with Robert AF Thurman