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Open to the Passions with Mark Epstein - Streaming Video and Audio

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Open to the Passions with Mark Epstein

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Course Objectives:

  • Discuss how desire is not just the root of all suffering and problems (as in Buddhism and Freudian psychoanalysis), but the key to deepening intimacy with ourselves, each other, and our world.
  • Explain how to overcome our fear of desire so that we can more readily bridge the gap between self and other, cope with feelings of incompletion, and get past the perception of others as objects.
  • Discuss how to free ourselves from dissatisfaction that causes clinging and shame--and how to open ourselves up to receive desire's spiritual potential.
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It is common in both Buddhism and Freudian psychoanalysis to treat desire as if it is the root of all suffering and problems, but psychiatrist Mark Epstein believes this to be a grave misunderstanding.In his controversial defense of desire, he makes clear that it is the key to deepening intimacy with ourselves, each other, and our world.

Proposing that spiritual attainment does not have to be detached from intimacy or eroticism, Open to the Passions begins with an exploration of the state of dissatisfaction that causes us to cling to irrational habits. Dr. Epstein helps readers overcome their own fears of desire so that they can more readily bridge the gap between self and other, cope with feelings of incompletion, and get past the perception of others as objects. Freed from clinging and shame, desire’s spiritual potential can then be opened up.

Running Time 3 hours 25 Minutes

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