Zen Practice, Psychotherapy, and the Spiritual Unconscious

Zen Practice, Psychotherapy, and the Spiritual Unconscious Lawson Sachter “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light,but by making the darkness conscious.” C.G. Jung Organizational Overview: Section I presents an introduction to the unconscious processes brought to the surface through intensive forms of meditation, and so has relevance for psychotherapists and practitioners alike. […]

Zen Meditation and Psychotherapy

A psychospiritual exploration of intensive dharma practice PsychoDynamic Zen refers to the ways that intensive meditation practices mobilize the whole of the psyche. This website looks into the complexities, paradoxes, and contradictions often found in this mobilization, and explores some key implications for both Western dharma practitioners, as well as for mental health professionals. Research […]

Buddhist Teachers and the Abuse of Power

Buddhist Teachers and the Abuse of Power: A Psychodynamic Exploration of Dharma Practice This article is dedicated to all those individuals, and their families, who have been hurt by the unethical actions of dharma teachers. My hope is that these reflections and insights will contribute to a stronger, healthier, and more vibrant Western dharma. Canaries […]

Published and Unpublished Letters to the Editor

This one was written in response to an article by C.W. Huntington in Tricycle magazine: We’re concerned that the recent article on dharma practice and psychotherapy by C.W. Huntington fails to adequately address the unconscious dynamics that so often manifest themselves as obstructive forces in the midst of formal practice and our everyday life. Perhaps […]

The Mind’s Dragons

Deep practice mobilizes powerful healing energies—and stirs repressed forces that lie in our subconscious. To read our full article in Tricycle Magazine, please visit the link at…

Insights on Practice

Want to know more about anger arising in your practice? Or Fear?  Or shame or guilt?  Come back soon for insights into practice