Spiritual Development, Psychological Development, and Buddhist Insight Meditation: A Consideration and Conversation
What is the nature of psychological development? What is the nature of spiritual development? How are they related? How can they both be facilitated by Buddhist meditation?
This class examines those questions from the perspectives of both the Eastern psychology/philosophy of Buddhism and the Western psychologies/philosophies of psychoanalysis, existentialism, and constructivism. To balance our theoretical discussion, as well as to provide a focus for it, you will learn and practice Buddhist Insight Meditation (also known as Mindfulness, or Vipassana), a style of meditation that is now widely practiced in the West, and which is becoming increasingly influential in Western psychology and psychotherapy. Lurking in the background of everything else we talk about will be the fundamental question: “What is the ultimate purpose of life?”
The class is being offered under the auspices of NEST (Northeast Seattle Together), and will be held at the NEST office, 7736 24th Ave NE, on Thursday afternoons from 2 to 4pm, from March 16th through May 4th. Tuition will be $30 for NEST members, and $50 for others. To enroll, call or email the NEST office: (206) 525-6378 or email@example.com. If you have any questions about the class, don’t hesitate to contact Joe at (206) 328-3340, or by email.
Instructor Joe Pearl is a long-time supporter of the Northwest Dharma Association, having served in a number of capacities over the years. An article about his class appeared in the Northwest Dharma News.