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Zen & Psychoanalysis Retreat

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Actualizing a Realizational Practice: Zen Meditation & Psychoanalysis

Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 10, 2016

Garrison Institute  
14 Mary’s Way, Route 9D
Garrison, New York 10524

Meditation functions as the core practice and foundational teaching of the Zen Buddhist tradition. This silent retreat will be an opportunity for psychoanalysts and psychotherapists to practice meditation intensely in a retreat framed in the holding environment provided by the Soto Zen meditation tradition. Experience with Zen meditation practice is not necessary. People from all meditative backgrounds – experienced or with little or no experience- are welcome.

This retreat, specially tailored to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and mental health professionals, within the context and structure of the traditional and formal Soto Zen silent retreat format, will include presentations and discussions on the interrelation between Buddhism and psychoanalysis and opportunities for dokusan (private one-to-one discussions with the teacher).

Seiso Paul Cooper, Sensei will present on Bion and Dogen to frame and facilitate the interrelation and integration of Buddhism and psychoanalysis, Mark Finn will moderate follow-up discussions. Karen Morris will facilitate a Social Dreaming Matrix each morning. More Info Here

Periods of sitting and walking meditation are scheduled throughout the retreat and opportunities for private interviews will be part of the schedule.

The British psychoanalyst, Wilfred Bion (1897-1979) and the Soto Zen master, Eihei Dogen (1200-1253), were both highly creative and brilliant writers and thinkers whose works share many areas of overlap. They both exerted a radical impact on their respective disciplines. However, despite the highly regarded philosophical and theoretical complexity of their teachings, they both shared the agenda of strengthening and deepening experiential realizational practice with an insistent emphasis on the present moment. Practice serves as the core of their orientations. The direct experience of practice animates their teachings and brings them to fruition for both Zen practitioners and psychotherapists in the Twenty-first Century. Both are directly applicable to religious realization and effective clinical work from the realizational perspective.

We invite you to participate in an exploration of these great thinkers deeply centered and nurtured in the shared intimacy of a practice-oriented silent retreat environment grounded in extensive meditation practice, which, in the spirit of Dogen and Bion, will function as the nodal point of the retreat.

Retreat Facilitator Bios:

This retreat is limited to twenty-five participants
Registration for the retreat is  $150  By check or money order mail to “TRZC”. Mailing address:  P.O. Box 1036, Honesdale, PA 18431 Please note that this registration is for the retreat only. 

Payment of $150 to TRZC confirms registration [For retreat only:]

Please note: room & board reservations must be made separately with Garrison Institute. Here is the link for on-line room and board registration with Garrison.

 Garrison  On Line Room & Board Reservations Click Here

PRINT OUT: the TRZC Registration Form below, fill out and mail  with your registration check or money order of $150 to TRZC, P.O. Box 1036, Honesdale, PA. 18431 You will receive an email confirmation upon receipt and processing of your registration.



Name: _______________________________

Email: _______________________________
(to confirm your registration)

Mailing Address ______________________________________

Phone:___________________ Affiliation: ________________________________

I need a meditation cushion ___ I will bring my own ___ I will need a chair ____

* Cancellation Policy: Before March 15: $30 processing fee. After: No refund

Please sign below: I have read, understand and agree the TRZC cancelation policy.


Queries can be addressed to Seiso Paul Cooper at


The Garrison Institute offers a range of accommodations including single, double and dorm rooms. Prices range from $90 (commuters) – $155 per night* and include three meals per day and shuttle service from the Metro North train station. Guests have full use of the facilities, extensive grounds and walking trails.

* Prices subject to change

For on-line Room & Board Reservations at Garrison  Click Here

Retreat Opening:

Arrival & Room Check-in: Friday, April 8, 3:00 – 6:00,

5:00 – 6:00    Greetings, Introductions & Orientation

6:00 – 7:00     Dinner

Any questions:  email:

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