Working with Difficult Emotions: A Buddhist and Psychotherapeutic Approach

This 8-week course will explore a range of emotions, including anger, anxiety and desire, from a spiritual and clinical perspective. Together we will reflect on the common and complex struggles with strong feelings and cultivate insights and tools to navigate them with greater ease. Optional readings will include Buddhist wisdom teachings and psychoanalytic literature. Experienced and beginning meditators are welcome. Learn more about the course in this 3 minute 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 the 8 weeks or $25 per class. Please email Pamela 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. Please email Pamela Patton ( to register for the course, to discuss the sliding scale, or to ask questions.

Classes meet from 6-7:30pm. Each session will include a talk, a guided meditation, and time for questions. All the sessions will be recorded and available for playback.

Topics for each week are as follows:

Week 1 – Anxiety

Week 2 – Anger

Week 3 – Disappointment

Week 4 – Despair

Week 5 – Depression

Week 6 – Grief and Mourning

Week 7 – Desire

Week 8 – Loneliness


Feb 01 2021


6:00 pm