Approaches to Buddhism and Psychotherapy: Insight Through Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

Jonathan Kaplan, Ph.D., & Miles Neale, Psy.D.


The Interdependence Project
302 Bowery 3rd Floor (Ring Middle Buzzer)
New York, NY 10012
United States


Mon, 11/21/2011, 7:00pm - 9:00pm




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Integrating Eastern spirituality with Western psychology is a relatively recent endeavor that has burgeoned with enormous interest in both popular and professional circles.  In this four-part course, join contemplative psychotherapists and Buddhist teachers from various traditions as they dialog on the themes of flourishing, death, insight, and healing relationships.

November 7: :
Flourishing Through Meditation, Yoga and Psychotherapy:
Jeffrey Rubin, Ph.D. & Shastri Ethan Nichtern

November 14: :
Death and Dying in Zen Buddhism and Psychotherapy:
Koshin Paley Ellison, LMSW & Miles Neale, Psy.D.

November 21: :
Insight Through Mindfulness and Psychotherapy:
Jonathan Kaplan, Ph.D., & Miles Neale, Psy.D.

November 28:
Healing Relationships in Tibetan Buddhism and Psychotherapy:
Miles Neale, Psy.D. & Shastri Ethan Nichtern

Miles Neale, Psy.D., is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, a Buddhist meditation teacher and the Assistant Director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, where he teaches public courses on the Indo-Tibetan tradition as well as collaborates on state-of-the-art clinical research of meditation. Dr. Neale earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2006 from the California Institute for Integral Studies, and has taught meditation programs at several prestigious university hospitals including Harvard Medical School, Columbia Presbyterian, Cornell Medical College, and Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center.

Ethan Nichtern is the founding director and Senior Teacher in Residence of the Interdependence Project.   For the past eight years, Ethan has taught ongoing meditation and Buddhist psychology classes and retreats in New York City and around North America. He is on the part-time faculty at Eugene Lang College at New School University and lectures regularly at Brown, Wesleyan, and New York Universities.  In the summer of 2010, Ethan was empowered by his teacher, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, as a Shastri, a senior teacher of the Shambhala tradition representing the New York region. He has also studied Theravadan and Soto Zen traditions, and is an avid yoga practitioner.

Dr. Jeffrey Rubin is widely regarded as one of the leading authorities on the integration of meditation and psychotherapy. In his ground-breaking and critically acclaimed Psychotherapy & Buddhism: Towards an Integration, Dr. Rubin forged his own unique synthesis of Eastern and Western thought. He illuminated each discipline’s strengths and weaknesses and the ways in which they could enrich each other. In a soon to be completed book – The Sound of Two Hands Clapping: The Marriage of Psychoanalysis and Zen – Dr. Rubin deepens and broadens his exploration of how a judicious blending of the best of the Eastern meditative and Western psychotherapeutic traditions offers us unmatched tools for living with greater awareness and freedom, wisdom and compassion.

Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, work is an integration of Jungian depth technique and Buddhist psychology from a psychodynamic perspective. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. He serves as the Director of Training for the Center’s Buddhist Contemplative Care Programs. He is a ACPE Chaplain Supervisory Resident. Koshin is an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Buddhist Studies. He is a co-founder of the Buddhist Psychotherapy Collective. He is the Co-Director of Contemplative Care Services for the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center. He is the co-author of the chapter "Rituals and Resilience," in the book, Creating Spiritual and Psychological Resilience, Routledge, 2009.

Dr. Jonathan Kaplan, Ph.D., is the founder of Urban Mindfulness, an organization that grew out of his experiences–both personal and professional–of the difficulty in maintaining mindfulness while living in a chaotic city environment. He is a clinical psychologist, and has served as the Director of the Stress Management Program at the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy. He specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), stress and coping, cultural anthropology, and working with patients from diverse backgrounds (e.g., people of color, LGBTQ, etc.).

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