Join Sharon Salzberg, Mark Epstein and Robert Thurman for this evening workshop, as part of a two day workshop series at Tibet House.
Trauma happens to everyone. The potential for it is part and parcel of the precariousness of human existence. Some traumas–loss, death, accidents, disease or abuse—are sudden and explicit; others—like lack of attunement between children and their parents—are more ongoing and subtle. But it is hard to imagine the scope of an individual life without envisioning some kind of trauma: big or little. Everyone has to deal with it some time or other and anxiety, addiction, and depression are natural reactions.
Despite this fact, many people are reluctant to acknowledge their inner struggles. They shy away from facing them, in the hope that this will make them more normal. Carrying on as if their underlying feelings of disease are shameful, they stay more on the surface of themselves than need be. The Buddha, one of the world’s first great psychologists, saw this tendency toward disavowal as a problem. Always a realist, he made acknowledgement of suffering the centerpiece of his First Noble Truth. The great promise of the Buddha’s teachings is that suffering is only his First Truth. Truths Three and Four (the End of Suffering and the Eightfold Path to its relief) offers something that therapy has long aspired to but found difficult to achieve. Acknowledging the traumas in our lives is important; learning how to relate to them is crucial.
This evening’s workshop will explore the Buddhist approach through talk, discussion, and meditation.