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ZEN LUMINARIES: The Zen of Therapy – Jon Joseph in Conversation with Author & Psychiatrist Mark Epstein

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Free – $250

To work something through means to change one’s view; if we try instead to change the emotion, we may achieve some short-term success, but we remain bound by forces of attachment and aversion to the very feelings from which we are struggling to be free.

—Mark Epstein

Official Short Bio

Dr. Mark Epstein is a psychiatrist in private practice and the author of numerous books about the interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy, including Thoughts without a Thinker, Going to Pieces without Falling Apart, Going on Being, Open to Desire, Psychotherapy without the Self, The Trauma of Everyday Life, and Advice Not Given.

His recent book, The Zen of Therapy, reflects on one year of sessions with his patients, observing how the therapy relationship is a spiritual friendship where a therapist can help patients realize that there is something magical, something wonderful, and something to trust running through their lives, no matter how fraught.

For years, Dr. Epstein kept his beliefs as a Buddhist separate from his work as a psychiatrist. Content to use his training in mindfulness as a private resource, he trusted that the Buddhist influence could, and should, remain invisible. But as he became more forthcoming with his patients about his personal spiritual leanings, he was surprised to learn how many were eager to learn more.

Jon Joseph Roshi of San Mateo Zen and PZI created this series to support the hardworking innovators and shining voices of modern Zen: scholars, writers, poets, translators, activists, artists, teachers, and more.

All proceeds for each event, including teacher dana, go directly to the guest speaker. Event attendees are encouraged to give as generously as you are able, so we can offer deep thanks to Luminaries guests.

Our suggested donation range is $10 for PZI Members and $12 for Non-Members, but the scale is sliding depending on one’s ability to contribute. We also greatly appreciate Patrons, who help support the program with larger gifts of $50—$250.

Join us on Wednesday for a lively conversation with special guest Mark Epstein. All are welcome to join in for meditation and conversation. Register to participate.


February 21
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free – $250
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