Authentic Presence: Buddhist and Existential Perspectives – KEN BRADFORD PhD
May 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm£45.00 – £55.00
Ken Bradford PhD:
Both Existential and Buddhist psychologies recognise an authentic potentiality, sanity and natural resilience to the human mind. Although in Existential thought, the notion of “true nature” is debatable and not always clearly understood. Still, both traditions respect that the mind’s natural openness is obscured by habitual forms of mental-emotional reactivity that become reified into a fixed “me.” The radical thought of Martin Heidegger and still more remarkable insight of the Buddha see through the reification of divided selfhood to the authentically open, unfettered and free nature of the mind.
This evening will explore the Buddha’s 2 key insights into the human condition. 1) We have a deep-seated feeling there is something incomplete or wrong with “me” that leaves us with a sense of discontent and wanting we spend our lives striving to fill. 2) Preoccupied with this striving, we lose touch with the natural resilience, innate sense of well-being, and untethered freedom of our authentic nature. Therapy and meditation are practices of opening ourself to the way things actually are rather than how we (compulsively) think they are.
This evening provides a theoretical foundation for Saturday’s applied workshop.
Ken Bradford, PhD is an Author and teacher integrating Buddhist, Dzogchen and Existential thought and practice. Formerly, he maintained a psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco Bay area for 25 years and was Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University and California Institute of Integral Studies. Publications include numerous articles, most recently on “Radical Authenticity” and “Existential-Contemplative Therapy”; books: The I of the Other: Mindfulness-Based Diagnosis & the Question of Sanity; and Listening from the Heart of Silence: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy, Vol. 2 (with John Prendergast). Website: www.authenticpresence.net