“Friendship is a binding glue in all mature, loving relationships.”

In this exclusive conversation, Jungian analyst and mindfulness teacher Polly Young-Eisendrath speaks with Buddhist author Mark Matousek on the importance of friendship for our psychological and spiritual growth. “People don’t give friendship the importance it deserves, especially when they think about how it teaches us to love,” says Matousek. “If lovers are depicted face-to-face, deeply in love, then friends should be depicted side-by-side, ready to take on the world together.”

In May, Young-Eisendrath will host our conference “Opportunities and Obstacles in Human Awakening,” the first of a new series exploring the intersection of Buddhism and psychoanalysis. Buy your tickets online today—tickets will not be sold at the door!

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