How to Be in Relationship with Dr. Pilar Jennings

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In this 8-week online course, we will explore the healing potential and challenges of interpersonal relationships. Through the lens of Buddhist teachings and psychotherapeutic models of development, Dr. Pilar Jennings will examine the pervasive wish for fulfilling relationships with friends, family, and mentors, alongside the many difficulties we face in these complex efforts. Together we will talk through the key similarities and differences in the following dyads: therapists and patients; spiritual mentors and students; and parents and children. Each session will include a Dharma talk, guided meditation, and Q&A.

You can learn more about the course in this short video: 

Pilar is a psychoanalyst in private practice with a focus on the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation. She has been working with patients and their families through the Harlem Family Institute since 2004. She is a Visiting Lecturer at Union Theological Seminary, guest lecturer at Columbia University, and faculty member of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science.
We are asking for donations for this course: $150 for 8 weeks or $25 per class. Please let me know if you’d like to take this course and it would be difficult for you to donate the suggested amount; a sliding scale is available. If you register you will have access to recordings of the classes.

Please email if you’d like to register, and you will receive the Zoom link and the instructions for making an offering. There is an optional reading to consider for the course: Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism, by Pilar Jennings

Topics for each week are as follows:

10/25 – The Beginning: The Buddha Shakyamuni’s History of Relationship & Freud’s

11/01 – Our Beginnings: Early Infant Attachment & Buddhist Non-attachment

11/08 – Selfhood & Subjectivity: How Self is Formed in Relationship

11/15 – How Buddhist Teachers Approach Relationship

11/22 – How Psychotherapists Understand Relationship

11/29 – Desire & Aggression: Navigating these Common Pitfalls

12/06 – The Role of Culture in Relationship

12/13 – Bringing Psyche & Spirit into Relationship

1/22 – Daylong Retreat


Oct 25 2021


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm