November 2018

16Nov10:00 AM4:30 PMThe House That Ego Built: Understanding Self, Not-Self, and Identity10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Howard Cohn, MA No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Sliding Scale: $75 – 200. Code HC3D18.
5.5 CE credits available for $55 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, and LPCCs.

This day of Insight Meditation practice will explore the Buddha’s teachings on identity, self, and selflessness. Supporting our exploration with periods of sitting and walking meditation, dialogue and short discourses, we will learn to relate to this inevitable, misunderstood, and challenging aspect of our human experience with wisdom and love. We will not try to delete our ego nor will we try to enhance or expand our sense of self. Rather, we will try to notice how identity functions and how we can learn to relate to ego mindfully and kindly.

Teachings are appropriate for individuals as well as health care professionals. Health care professionals work with patients and clients dealing with a multitude of conditions, some stemming from the complications of understanding their ego and views of self-esteem or self-worth. This program will assist health care workers to be able to work with those difficult mental states, and offer practices for acceptance, healing, and growth. And, with more understanding of their own egos, health care professionals will be able to offer improved care to their patients and clients. Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See below for attendance requirements and more information.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals-
Based on the content of this program, you will be able to:

  • Describe ego and identity in the context of Buddhist psychology, specifically the 5 aggregates;
  • Describe how identification with, and attachment to, sense experiences, thoughts, and emotions can lead to suffering;
  • Describe the characteristic of non-self, as in understood in Buddhist psychology;
  • Describe a mindfulness practice of relating to oneself with wisdom & kindness, that may reduce the suffering of attachment to identity.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.

General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can’t attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.


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Continuing Education

This program offers 5.5 CE credits for $55 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, and LPCCs. If you have a different license and are interested in CE credit, please check with your licensing board to see if credits from APA approved providers are accepted.


Continuing Education credit is co-sponsored by Spirit Rock and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center.
The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.


Please note: In order to qualify for CE credit, participants must attend the event in full: arrive and sign-in at the CE table within 15 minutes of the start of the program, stay until the end of the program, and sign out. Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent meditation, if offered. For more information about CE credit at Spirit Rock, please visit the CE Credit information page.


Cancellation Policy:
If you are unable to attend a program, or fulfill the attendance requirements for CE credit, you may offer your CE credit fee as a donation to Spirit Rock, or you may request a credit to be used towards a future non-residential program. If you would like a credit, you must cancel by 4:00pm at least two business days prior to the program. For more information, please see our Cancellation Policy for Non-Residential Programs.


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