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Embracing the Disappointments of Intimacy: How Buddhist Ideas Can Help Relationships, Kanbar Hall (JCC) 11/8

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A conversation with Robert Thurman, PhD, Zesho Susan O'Connell and David Bullard, PhD
Friday, November 8, 2013
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7:30 - 9:30 pm

Kanbar Hall
3200 California Street, San Francisco


The emphasis, as expressed in the title, will be to discuss ideas and awareness that can help Buddhists and non-Buddhists "re-pair" their intimacy with loved ones after distancing, arguments, anger and even betrayals. Through this work we will thereby help to smooth the road to compassion, forgiveness and acceptance, as well as to deeper understanding of self and not-self. This discussion will also include specific concepts that can help us break through the impasses often experienced in emotionally close relationships, to support presence and resilience after reactivity and defensiveness, all while deepening our wisdom and compassion.

Access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Attendees: This event will be ASL interpreted. Reserved seating is available.

Fee: $25; $22 current SFZC members; $20 limited income. Some scholarships are available; see About Registration, Scholarships and Cancellations.

To Register: Use the ticket table below. Or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).

Event Parking and Directions: Street parking nearby or parking garage with the entrance on California St. Enter garage from westbound lanes only. No overnight parking. $8 per vehicle. Pay for parking upon leaving parking garage at the parking attendant’s booth. Free bicycle parking is available on level P2. For directions, please visit the JCC website.


About Registration, Scholarships and Cancellations


Related Bio(s):

Robert Thurman, PhD
Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies at Columbia University, President of Tibet House US, and a popular international lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism. He is translator of many sutras and philosophical treatises, and the author of numerous books, including the national bestseller Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Real Happiness; Anger, the fifth book on a series of the Seven Deadly Sins, offered by the New York Public Library and the Oxford University Press. His most recent book is Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit and Be a Lot Happier (Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman, Hay House international, Oct 2013).

Zesho Susan O'Connell
Zesho Susan O'Connell is a Zen teacher with 25 years of meditation experience. She has lived at Zen Center since 1995, was ordained as a priest in 1999 by Tenshin Reb Anderson, and currently serves as president. She started, with two other partners, her own business as an independent feature film producer with offices in San Francisco and L.A., and continued that business for 25 years. She has helped to produce over 10 video/film projects about Zen Center and its teachers.

David Bullard, PhD
David has had a psychotherapy practice in San Francisco with individuals and couples for over 35 years, and enjoys writing and providing workshops about couples and intimacy for other therapists and health professionals. He is grateful for having had the opportunity of learning about Tibetan Buddhism from Robert Thurman , and about the poetry of life from David Whyte. He is clinical professor in medicine and medical psychology (psychiatry) at UCSF.