Getting Over Yourself: The Best of Buddhism & Psychotherapy

August 16 - August 18, 2019

Mark Epstein, M.D.

Robert A.F. Thurman

What does it mean to heal? Buddhist and Western psychotherapists have different visions of healing. In Buddhism, the emphasis is often on taming the mind in order to bring out underlying qualities of wisdom and compassion. In psychotherapy, there is a much greater concern with excavating childhood difficulties and working through emotional blockages so as to free a person from the vestiges of the past. Can these two approaches be reconciled? What can Buddhism learn from therapy, and what can therapists learn from Buddhism? Those of us who have grown up in the West, struggling personally with issues like anxiety or addiction, often benefit from aspects of each tradition. This weekend’s workshop, through lectures, discussion, meditation and questions and answers, will explore what an integrated approach to healing actually looks like. Join Buddhist psychiatrist Mark Epstein and Professor Robert Thurman as they explore what it means to heal your mind.14 Continuing Education Credits are available for attending this program:
  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval.
  • SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.
  • For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com. For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact menla@menla.org.
  • The filing fee for CEs for this program is $65, payable to Menla either at registration or by the time you check in.

ScheduleFriday, August 16th
  • 3 - 8pm Check- in
  • 6 - 7pm Dinner
  • 7:15pm Welcome Program (Nalanda Conference Center) 
Saturday, August 17th
  • 7 - 8am Tibetan Nejang Longevity Yoga (Nalanda Conference Center)
  • 8 - 9am Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 12pm Program (Nalanda Conference Center)
  • 12 - 1pm Lunch
  • 1 - 4pm Free time for Spa Treatments, Hiking
  • 2:30 - 4pm Qi Gong with Paul Bloom (Nalanda Conference Center Yoga Studio)
  • 4 - 6pm Program (Nalanda Conference Center)
  • 6 - 7pm Dinner
  • 7:30pm Program (Nalanda Conference Center) 
Sunday, August 18th
  • 7 - 8am Tibetan Nejang Longevity Yoga (Nalanda Conference Center)
  • 8 - 9am Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 12pm Closing Program (Nalanda Conference Center)
  • 12 - 1pm Lunch and Departure 
Note: Schedule is subject to change at anytime


Mark Epstein, M.D.

Mark Epstein, M.D. is a psychiatrist in New York City and the author of a number of books about the interface of Buddhism & psychotherapy, including Thoughts without a Thinker, Going to Pieces without Falling Apart, Going on Being, Open to Desire, Psychotherapy without the Self, ...

Robert A.F. Thurman

Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House US and it's Menla Retreat & Spa in service of HH Dalai Lama & the people of Tibet. A close friend of the Dalai Lama’s for over 50 years, he is...


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