July 31, 3 - 5 pm

Love in the Age of Enlightenment
Paul Haller & Polly Young-Eisendrath

Strange, isn’t it, that as lovers, partners, parents, friends, we enter into love with a crazy kind of happiness and hope, willing to sacrifice almost anything for love. But so often we’re disappointed or dissatisfied. Even when we’re forewarned, we still find ourselves suffering painful disillusionment, too often feeling like a failure.    
In this Age of Enlightenment, can we shine the light of awareness into the messiness of human love and   discover how to navigate our passionate yearnings and   expectations?  Can we arrive at an intimate connection that allows both our beloved and ourselves, to cherish each other in the light of an insightful acceptance, just as we are? Does love ask us to discover equanimity and patient resilience with our fluctuating feelings and inevitable misunderstandings?  Or to just to savor the sweetness of our delusions and the myths and magic of our tender affections?

Workshop at Tassajara: Sunday, July 25 through Friday, July 30, Polly Young-Eisendrath and Ryushin Paul Haller will offer the workshop, Who Are You? The Koan of Zen and Psychotherapy.

Ryushin Paul Haller, co-Abbot of Zen Center, is a dharma heir of Sojun Mel Weitsman and has taught at Zen Center for over 20 years. He teaches throughout the U.S. and Europe and has led mindfulness programs to assist with depression and recovery. Paul has also taught in prisons and has a long involvement with the Zen Hospice Project.

Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D., Psychologist, Jungian Analyst, author; Clinical Supervisor and Consultant in Leadership Development, Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont; Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont; and in private practice outside Montpelier in central Vermont. She is chairperson of the non-profit "Enlightening Conversations: Buddhism and Psychoanalysis Meeting in Person" that hosts conferences in cities around the USA. She has published many chapters and articles, as well as fourteen books that have been translated into more than twenty languages. Her most recent books are The Self-Esteem Trap: Raising Confident and Compassionate Kids in an Age of Self-Importance (Little, Brown: 2008) and The Cambridge Companion to Jung: New and Revised, of which she is co-editor with Terence Dawson (Cambridge University Press: 2008). Polly is a long-time practitioner of Zen Buddhism (since 1971) and Vipassana (since 1998), and is certified as a teacher in the Vipassana tradition of Shinzen Young.



hosted by the

de Young Museum

Koret Auditorium

  • Polly Young-Eisendrath
  • Abbot Ryushin Paul Haller
  • Gender and Desire by Polly Young-Eisendrath
  • Paul during a shukke tokudo, a priest initiation ceremony
  • The Self-Esteem Trap by Polly Young-Eisendrath
  • Paul Haller at City Center

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Who Are You? The Koan of Zen and Psychotherapy
Workshop at Tassajara led by Polly Young-Eisendrath and Ryushin Paul Haller, Sunday, July 25 through Friday, July 30.