Beyond Mindfulness Workshop: The Urgency of Now

Chatham University with Tempa Lama, Dr. Stan Perelman and Dr. Jon Spiegel
Friday March 18, 7-9pm, Saturday March 19, 10am-5pm and Sunday March 20, 10am-1pm.

Venue: Chatham University Sanger Hall, Coolidge Building, first floor. We recommend parking in the Library parking lot that is accessed from Murray Hill Avenue. Campus Map

About the Course:

The ancient Bon Buddhist tradition is one of Tibet’s five main spiritual traditions. Bon has developed a psychologically sophisticated system of practices to recognize and heal “afflicted states of mind”. These include anger and hatred, greed and cravings, ignorance, jealousy, and pride.

This course will introduce participants to Bon teachings that describe the arising of afflicted states of mind, their effect on our surroundings and relationships, and the healing of affliction and suffering. The health of the self is intimately connected with the health of the family, the community and the world. In this course, participants will explore this connection in the context of two threads of existence. The first is our subjective experience as a person with a mind, body, and emotions, and with certain potentials and limitations. Bon Buddhists call this the ‘conceptual karmic body’, the self at the deepest level we recognize. The second thread is the transpersonal experience that is characterized by pure presence, open awareness, and the capacity for spontaneous and completely flexible action. Psychology provides the tools to work with the first thread of existence. The gift of Bon Buddhism is that it provides a variety of teachings and practices to recognize and experience the second thread of existence. The unifying view or perspective is that the ‘conceptual karmic body’, this deepest sense of I-ness, is an illusion.

The ‘Beyond Mindfulness’ workshops are a series of continuing education workshops offered by Olmo Ling. CE credits are provided for psychologists, counselors and social workers. Each workshop presents new material on a different topic, with the common thread being the applicability of Bon psychological concepts and practices to clinical work and personal growth.

Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
• Explain Bon Buddhism as a psychological, ethical and spiritual system.
• Explain the concepts of the ‘conceptual karmic body’ and the transpersonal experience of pure presence.
• Describe the applicability of Bon psychological concepts and practices in the context of clinical work.
• Describe the relationship between a healthy psyche and an open heart.
• Articulate and perform specific practices which aid in dissolving the ‘conceptual karmic body’ and opening to pure presence.

About the Instructors:

Tempa Dukte Lama is the founder and spiritual director of Olmo Ling Bon Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Tempa Lama trained in Menri Monastery, India, from the age of six under the close guidance of H.H. 33rd Menri Trizin, the world-wide spiritual leader of Bon. He has lived in the US since 2000 and teaches regular retreats and workshops on contemplative healing practice and other Bon practices, being with dying, the stages of meditation, and living a spiritual path informed by compassion.

Stanley Perelman, Ph.D. is a psychologist and Jungian Analyst with a private practice in Pittsburgh. He also consults with the Chatham University Counseling Center. He is a member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association in New York and an affiliate member of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Institute. He has given seminars, talks and papers on a variety of subjects including personality disorders, aspects of Jungian psychology, dreams, Buddhism and the nature of spirituality. He has a long time meditation practice and has been a student of Bon Buddhism for the last fifteen years.

Jon Spiegel, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice since 1976 and the Clinical Director of Spiegel/ Freedman Psychological Associates. Dr. Spiegel has been teaching and supervising psychotherapists for the past 30 years. Since early adulthood he has been a dedicated student of religion and culture. His post-doctoral work was in mythology and comparative religion. Dr. Spiegel has studied in Asia with Jain, Sikh, Hindu, Taoist, and Buddhist teachers since 1967. In the United States he studied with the late mythologist Joseph Campbell for five years. Since 1986 he has studied with Reb. Zalman Schacter-Shalomi. He is the co-founder of the Program in Spirituality and Psychology at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Dr. Spiegel is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Continuing Education Credits:
10.5 CE credits provided through the C.G. Institute of Pittsburgh. The C.G. Jung Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education (CE) credits for psychologists, social workers and counselors

During the registration process, please select the appropriate type of CE credits in the dropdown box next to “Select fee”.

Workshop fees until March 1: $125*
Workshop fees after March 1: $135*

*Chatham graduate students in counseling and psychology attend free of charge. Chatham Faculty attend free of charge unless requesting CE credits, in which case the full fee is applicable.
Online registration will not work for Chatham faculty and students who are attending free of charge. To register please send an email to Rebekah including your name, email address, phone number, Chatham Department and whether you are a student or faculty member.


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