Monday Nights - Buddhism & Psychology - Bringing Practice to Life

Dr. Jeffrey Rubin with Kimberly Brown


The Interdependence Project
302 Bowery 3rd Floor / Middle buzzer
New York, NY 10012
United States
Phone: 917.675.7151


Mon, 7/1/2013, 7:00pm - 9:00pm




Eight Week Series

Monday Nights 6/10 - 7/29


Integrating practice into the way we relate to other people and care for ourselves—or don’t—is one of the greatest challenges to those on the path of awakening. While the major Buddhist lineages agree on the importance of the teachings in our daily life, all are based on monastic traditions of Asia and do not provide readily adaptable models for bringing practice into a secular lay lifestyle. From the traditional monastic point of view, feelings, the body, and relationships are causes of enormous suffering and distraction, to be avoided and strictly controlled. However, unlike traditional lineages, Western Buddhism is primarily a lay practice. Unable and unwilling to segregate our practice from such aspects of ordinary life, contemporary students are eager to use their practice to develop a compassionate engagement with others and the world

In this eight-week workshop we'll explore the primary obstacles and hindrances to bringing our practice to life, and we’ll learn several different ways to incorporate new attention and techniques , including how to use meditation to illuminate formerly neglected areas such as interior emotional life and interpersonal relationships, learning to skillfully work with unconscious obstacles to contemplative practice, and applying the teachings to every aspect of our life. Each class in this transformative series will include meditative practice, presentations by the teachers, discussion, and question & answers with the IDP community.


Readings will be posted to the class page, and will draw from classical Buddhism, Zen and Tibetan Buddhism and contemporary Western psychotherapeutic sources.


Jeffrey B. Rubin, Ph.D   Jeffrey B. Rubin Ph.D is a practicing psychotherapist and teacher of meditation in New York City and Bedford Hills, New York. He is considered one of the leading integrators of the Western psychotherapeutic and eastern meditative traditions. A Sensei in the Nyogen Senzaki and Soen Nakagawa Rinzai Zen lineage and the creator of meditative psychotherapy, a practice that he developed through insights gained from decades of study, teaching and trying to helping people flourish, Jeffrey is the author of the new ebook, Meditative Psychotherapy and the critically acclaimed books "The Art of Flourishing," "Psychotherapy and Buddhism," "The Good Life" and "A Psychoanalysis for Our Time." Dr. Rubin has taught at various universities, psychoanalytic institutes and Buddhist and yoga centers. He lectures around the country and has given workshops at the United Nations, the Esalen Institute, the Open Center and the 92nd Street Y. A blogger for Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Rewireme, and Elephant Journal, his pioneering approach to psychotherapy and Buddhism has been featured in The New York Times Magazine. His website is


Kimberly Brown is a graduate of the first year-long IDP Training Immersion Program, studies Tibetan and American Buddhism, and practices Kriya Yoga with Alan Finger.  Kimberly has degrees in physics and literature, and spent several years in post-graduate training as a psychodynamic psychotherapist.  She teaches dharma classes and meditation at IDP and privately, and is filled with tremendous gratitude for The Interdependence Project community and its founder, Ethan Nichtern.




Drop-in Prices*

$20 Full Price

IDP member prices for those who joined April 1, 2013 or later
$16 Basic Members
$14 Sustaining Members
$10 Fearless Members
FREE for Endowing Members - contact to register

IDP member prices for those who joined before April 1, 2013 - will be honored through September 2013
$15 Full Members
$10 Sustaining Members
$5 Endowing Members
FREE for Visionary Members - contact to register

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