Foundations of Buddhist Psychology: An Introduction to the Abhidharma
16 Thursdays, starting January 18, 7:30-9 pm 3824 Grand Avenue, Oakland Early bird pricing until December 1! Tuition $800 non-members, $700 members
In this 16-week course, we will study the original system of Buddhist psychology, the Abhidharma. This text lays out the workings of the mind, the interactions of consciousness and reality, and a Buddhist model of the unconscious.
At each step, we will talk about the relevance of the Abhidharma to our work as contemporary mental health clinicians and practitioners in meditative traditions.
We will study Vasubandhu's verses on consciousness, a poetic and concise version of the Abhidharma from the Yogacara tradition that was a forerunner and major influence on the Zen tradition. The verses focus on a twofold model of both understanding the mind and putting these insights into practice to liberate ourselves and others from unnecessary suffering.
Each class will include a didactic portion to clarify the wisdom of the Abhidharma, and lots of time for discussion . The class will be taught by Megan Rundel, Ph.D., a clincial psychologist and psychoanalyst, and a sensei in the koan Zen tradition.
Limit 10 participants Work-study scholarship available
Coming Home: A Body-Focused Zen Meditation Class for Mental Health Professionals
Four Thursday evenings in early 2018, 7:30 - 9 pm.
Crimson Gate Meditation Community 3824 Grand Avenue
Sliding scale $50 - $200 for the series
6 CEUs available
Are you a mental health professional who is interested in bringing greater body awareness into your life and work? This class is for beginning to intermediate meditators who would like to explore the body’s role in deep presence. We will emphasize the body in order to strengthen our connection to the profound support and holding offered by our bodies as part of the earth. At the end of this four week class, you will have tools to access deep physical presence and rejuvenating silence.
You will learn:
-Beginning body-based meditation -Developing concentration -Working with thoughts and feelings, aches and pains -Sustaining a practice -Listening to poetry to cultivate creativity and intuition -Integrating meditation with our work as psychotherapists
The Instructor: Sheila Longerbeam, PsyD, LMFT is a psychoanalyst, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and long-time Zen Buddhist practitioner. She is currently the Meditation Instructor at Crimson Gate Meditation Community, a Zen sangha for mental health practitioners in Oakland. She has taught at PINC, The Psychotherapy Institute, Access Institute and The Pacific Center. She also teaches Buddhism and Psychotherapy at CIIS. She enjoys helping clinicians strengthen their attunement to themselves and others through presence and meditation.
Seating is on cushions or chairs. Limit 10 participants. CEUs available for an extra fee.
*A note about fees and donations Unless otherwise stated, all fees and donations go toward operating costs of the Crimson Gate Meditation Community. For events with a sliding scale, please pay what you can afford within that range, with a spirit of both generosity and realism. If you are able to pay a higher fee, you are supporting the development of our center, and also contributing to a scholarship fund. If you cannot afford the bottom end of the scale, contact us to ask about a scholarship. We use these fees to plan and prepare for future offerings such as classes, retreats, and sesshin. Our teacher receives a small stipend as well for her offerings.