In this exclusive conversation, a psychoanalyst and a relational psychoanalyst—both practicing Buddhists—discuss the emotional dynamics of religious practice, the psychological complexities of student-teacher relationships, and the issues surrounding the idealization of teachers within Buddhist communities.


Polly Young-Eisendrath, a Jungian analyst and mindfulness teacher, and Pilar Jennings, a lecturer at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University, will both speak at our upcoming conference, Enlightening Conversations, a new series exploring the intersection of Buddhism and psychoanalysis. Join us this May for the first in the series, “Opportunities and Obstacles in Human Awakening.”


For more on Buddhism, psychoanalysis, and student-teacher dynamics, read Jennings’ “Looking into the Eyes of a Master” in the latest issue of Tricycle.

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