Monday, March 03, 2008

Gal Szekely, Radical Acceptance: Between Buddhism and Psychotherapy

(This presentation was a part of CIIS Multiversity February 2008.)

“We have to face the pain we have been running from. In fact, we need to learn to rest in it and let its searing power transform us." -Charlotte Joko Beck.

Buddhism teaches us that our suffering is caused by not being present with whatever is. Psychotherapy claims that it is mainly the result of childhood wounding. Is there a contradiction? Through presentation, discussion, and exercise, we'll explore the place of psychotherapy in the path for spiritual liberation. We'll discuss the use of mindfulness in the therapy room as well as on the cushion.

Gal Szekely was introduced to Buddhism and meditation over eight years ago while traveling in South-East Asia. Since then, he has been passionate about exploring the intersection of spirituality and psychotherapy. He holds an MA in Social Psychology and has professional experience in coaching and consulting. He is currently a second year student in the ICP program.



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