This is a public talk at the Dublin Samye Dzong on the eve of Alistair's weekend course there in November 2017.
Drawing on his many years of experience as a clinical psychotherapist and his practice as a Buddhist meditator, Alistair explores the ways in which these two 'lineages' of the mind can support one another and can sometimes clash.
Understanding the principles that underpin them can alert us to how they might be one dissonant, for example in the way that meditators might use meditation to "dissociate" their emotions or when therapy clients might use their sessions to strengthen storylines that are already way too strong.
It's an interesting talk for those are practising meditation and/or are practising or undergoing therapy, and everyone else in between who might be intrigued.
All proceeds (suggested donation £10) go to the Dublin Centre.
Please RSVP to the Dublin Centre to let them know how many are coming: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dalai Lama says that "all our suffering comes from caring about ourselves and all our happiness comes from caring for others". And yet we live in a world that puts "self" first and the 'me-me-me' culture we live in pre-programs self-interest.
Buddhism famously questions the nature of that 'self' and does so not from an intellectual place but one of meditative experience. The deeper we sit with the raw experience of the heart the more impossible it becomes to wall ourselves off from the experiences of others.
We become more empathic but then a surprise happens: we start to realise that opening up to the "otherousness" of the World actually makes life brighter, more adventurous, wider and wiser.
This weekend course is looking to explore the meditative path towards that experience of the gentle heart. Drawing on his experience as a therapist as well as long-term meditator, Alistair uses meditative practices, bodywork and group exercises to explore the world of emotions, togetherness and heart-felt connection known in Buddhism as 'bodhicitta' and to sound out the blocks and anxieties that stop us getting there.
It's suitable for beginners or those who want to re-visit the bodhicitta practices from a somatic place.