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Inter-Subjectivity and Inter-being: A Psychoanalytic and Buddhist Approach to Relationship

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Davis Auditorium Shapiro CEPSR Building

Pilar Jennings is a psychoanalyst practicing in New York City who has focused on the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation practice.

She received her Ph.D. in Psychiatry and Religion from Union Theological Seminary! , and has been working with patients and their families through the Harlem Family Institute since 2004. Dr. Jennings is also a facilitator of a Columbia University Faculty Seminar addressing topics related to slavery and memory, with a focus on the inter-generational transmission of trauma.

In her ongoing psychotherapeutic work with inner city families, Dr. Jennings has sought to explore this theme through the impact of racism on children. With her unique approach to clinical work, she has integrated play therapy with psychoanalysis and meditation.

Her most recent work, Mixing Minds, was released in December 2010 through Wisdom Publications, in which she explores the interpersonal dynamics between Buddhist teachers and their Western students, in comparison to the relationships between psychoanalysts and their patients.