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Freedom with Our Inner Critics: A Zen and Mindfulness Approach, at City Center (2/28)

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Dr. Lee Lipp
Kanzan David Zimmerman
Freedom with Our Inner Critics: A Reflection by Dr. Lee Lipp
with Dr. Lee Lipp and Kanzan David Zimmerman
in the Conference Center at 308 Page Street
(CE credits available—see note* below)

Saturday, February 28, 2015   Eventbrite - One-Day Sitting (Sep/GGF)
9 am - 5 pm

Do you notice inner critics that judge you harshly?
Do you believe that inner critics keep you from finding contentment?
Is it possible for inner critics to calm down?

Many of us do our best to keep inner critics away, or we try to get rid of them and find that this simply doesn’t work. No matter what we do, they keep trying to get our attention. Maybe they have another message that we need to pay attention to.

With the use of mindfulness and Zen meditation, participants will be offered ways to stop, recognize and listen as we practice new ways to relate to recurring thoughts and emotional patterns of critical self-judgment. We may find that these harsh voices are pointing to our innermost desires for safety, love and wholeness. We will practice relating to inner critic voices, cultivating our natural ability to listen in a field of calmness and compassion.

Deeply listening to self-critics and learning to engage with them with friendly creativity will start the transformational process of developing self-acceptance and self-compassion. This process leads to a kinder, more compassionate attitude toward ourselves.

This workshop meets the CE criteria for several health-care professional designations and is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators.*

Note: Participation in this workshop fulfills the prerequisite for attending Transforming Depression and Anxiety: Ongoing Practice Group Classes.

Fees: $100; $90 current SFZC members; $80 limited income.
  • *Add $15 for CE certificate fee, to be paid at the time of registration.
  • Some partial scholarships available. No one turned away for lack of funds. (About Registration, Scholarships and Cancellations.)
  • Saturday workshops: lunch is provided; Sunday workshops: please bring a bag lunch.
*Note about CE credits: 7 CE credits available for MFTs, LCSWs, psychologists and nurses. The $15 fee can be paid at the time of registration. San Francisco Zen Center and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) have teamed together to offer CE credit to MFTs, LCSWs, psychologists and nurses. SCRC offers CE credit to MFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (provider #PCE1851). SCRC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education activities for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for these programs and their content. SCRC also offers CE credit to nurses (California Board of Registered Nursing Provider #CEP11909). For complete information, visit spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD, at 707.763.3576. For more information, please contact our Programming Department at .

To Register: Use the Register Online button above for the date you wish to attend. Or call our toll-free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).

About Registration, Scholarships and Cancellations

Related Bio(s):

Dr. Lee Lipp
Lee Lipp, PhD, has a therapy practice in San Francisco and supervises at Haight Ashbury Psych Services. She has been a member of Thich Nhat Hahn’s Order of Interbeing, practicing Zen and Vipassana since 1990. She served as shuso (head student) at City Center for the 2013 Winter Practice Period. Having taught in psychology graduate programs for 16 years, her most recent work has included being Diversity Coordinator at SFZC. She has taught Transforming Depression and Anxiety classes in venues that include Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Insight Meditation Society, Zen Hospice Project, Tassajara Mountain Center, San Francisco Zen Center, East Bay Meditation Center, Gay Men’s Buddhist Sangha, SF Mental Health Association and San Francisco Department of Mental Health.

Kanzan David Zimmerman
Kanzan David Zimmerman has been practicing Zen for 20 years and was ordained by Rev. Teah Strozer in 2006. Having spent eight years at Tassajara, where he held a number of positions including guest manager, meditation hall manager and director, he now lives at City Center where he is Program Director. He supports Dr. Lee Lipp with classes and workshops on "Transforming Depression and Anxiety."