Ron Leifer

Ron Leifer, MD, is a psychiatrist with more than forty-five years' experience in the practice of private psychotherapy. He trained in psychiatry under Thomas Szasz and became a Buddhist practitioner in 1980 when he became a student of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. He founded the Ithaca Dharma Society and teaches meditation. He is the author of In the Name of Mental Health and The Happiness Project and more than fifty articles in professional journals on psychiatry and the interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

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Existential Dilemmas

In this excerpt from Vinegar into Honey, Buddhist teacher and psychiatrist Ron Leifer, M.D. talks about re-framing psychological problems in terms of Buddhism. If we drop the medical model, we see that people come to therapy with problems that can best be understood as existential dilemmas....
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Everyday Neurosis with Dr. Ron Leifer

The Tibetan word which is often translated as “neurosis” literally means “the failure to accept things as they are.” The failure to accept people and life as they are is a powerful source of personal suffering. This does not mean that we should not pursue happiness and work for...
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