Satipatthana Sutta : Winnicott, Buddhism and Breastfeeding with Mark Epstein M.D. Force For Good 2016 at Tibet House US in New York City
In this short video Mark Epstein M.D. gives an introduction to the “Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta” , how it relates to the Psychotherapy of Freud, Jung and the work of British pediatrician and psychoanalyst D. W. Winnicott. Includes a discussion of the relationship between mindfulness, addiction and the role of breastfeeding in Buddhist + Non-Buddhist Cultures.
This is an excerpt from the archive video of the February 2016 teaching on the ‘Satipatthana Sutta’ (also known as the Discourse on the Establishing Mindfulness in the Pali Cannon) with Mark Epstein M.D. from the Force For Good Class Series, recorded at Tibet House US in New York City.
In the full video Dr. Epstein uses Anālayo’s English translation of “Satipaṭṭhāna: The Direct Path to Realization” Dr Mark Epstein leads a discussion of vipassana meditation + the relationship between Buddhist mindfulness and modern psychotherapy.
Winnicott is excellent about talking about the middle ground or balance between impinging or intruding and abandoning. It’s easy to misinterpret the kind of presence that Winnicott encourages as being more selfless than a good therapist has to be.
Winnicott talks so beautifully about both how important it is for a mother to be able to fail her child, and how normal it is for children to hate their parents and parents to hate their children.
The “good-enough” mother doesn’t need to be taught, but intuitively knows her task, in relation to her child’s anger: to simply survive, not to retaliate or abandon, but simply to survive. And I think there is something in that intuitive sense that one needs to survive, without the need to abandon.
To stay in that place allows an experience of both separation and union, so that it continues to unfold in an ongoing way.
Mark Epstein M.D. www.psychotherapy.net
This talk was recorded during the 2016 Force For Good Class Series at Tibet House US in New York City.
‘A Force For Good’ is a Tibet House US course to further the Dalai Lama’s contemporary world initiatives, from His Holiness’ American Institute of Buddhist Studies and Mind & Life Institute science dialogues (Universe in a Single Atom) and His creation of Abhidharma 2.0 through the “Science for Monks” programs, his “secular ethics” (Ethics for the New Millennium and Beyond Religion), His nonviolent approach to conflict resolution, including His Nobel Peace Laureate activities to seek dialogue and a win-win reconciliation with China in the face of the ongoing ethnicidal policies in Tibet (Freedom in Exile and Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of Tibet’s Dalai Lama) & along with his emphasis on positive activism (A New Reality: Charter of Universal Responsibility).
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? Music by Tenzin Choegyal, Used with Permission www.tenzinchoegyal.com
? Satipatthana Sutta Photo by David Gabriel Fischer via Zen Diary.
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. 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.