Teachings

The following are videos, articles, teachings and other media by Polly Young-Eisendrath. Contact Paula Emery to book Polly for your workshop or retreat.

X-Treme Parenting Makeover

The following was developed by Jill Abilock using “The Self Esteem Trap”. It is an example of workshop materials Polly teaches on Parenting. For more information and to host a workshop, contact Paula Emery here.

XTreme Parenting Makeover: The Self Esteem Trap

Assessing a Buddhist Treatment for Bereavement and Loss: The Mustard Seed Project

Death Studies coverFrom a Buddhist perspective, grief becomes complicated because mourners have trouble accommodating the reality of impermanence in the face of deep and unwelcome change, as they struggle to make sense of the “event story” of their loss and to revise their life story and identity accordingly. Joining this perspective with a constructivist emphasis on grieving as meaning reconstruction, we developed a distinctive group intervention to help people reflect on the natural conditions of impermanence and limitation in a compassionate environment in which they were encouraged to cultivate a new self-narrative in the wake of loss. Integrating meditative interludes, dyadic sharing, dharma lessons, and informal didactics on the human quest for meaning, we used expressive arts exercises to engage the existential dilemmas of loss from a self-distancing perspective. Evidence from an open trial on 41 participants in 2 groups documents that the intervention is both feasible and acceptable to clients, and that they display significant decreases in grief related suffering, and corresponding increases in meaning making and personal growth, across the brief course of the workshop experience.

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Enlightening Conversation with Mark Matousek

Polly-Y-E-and-Mark-MatousekMeaningful friendship is one of life’s sustaining gifts. Polly speaks with Mark Matousek, a memoirist, teacher, and Buddhist, about the complexity of love and friendship in relation to love relationships and family relationships. Click on the image to hear the conversation on Tricycle Magazine’s website.

Like this? Attend the inaugural Enlightening Conversations event in-person in New York City on May 9-10, 2014. Enlightening Conversations is a new series of annual events and books that explore the intersection of Buddhism & Psychoanalysis. Presented by Spring Journal and the Tricycle Foundation, it will be hosted by Enlightening Conversations founder and director, Polly Young-Eisendrath.

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Enlightening Conversation with Pilar Jennings

March 18 2014: Where do Buddhism and psychoanalysis complement each other? In this Enlightening Conversation for Tricycle Magazine, Polly Young-Eisendrath and Pilar Jennings unpack ideas about Buddhism and the idealization of the teacher, the role of psychoanalysis in one’s practice, and the difference between observation and conceptualization.

Like this? Attend the inaugural Enlightening Conversations event in-person in New York City on May 9-10, 2014. Enlightening Conversations is a new series of annual events and books that explore the intersection of Buddhism & Psychoanalysis. Presented by Spring Journal and the Tricycle Foundation, it will be hosted by Enlightening Conversations founder and director, Polly Young-Eisendrath.

TEDx Middlebury 2013: Getting free of Self-Importance is the Key to Happiness

Polly-Ted-Middlebury-side-shotAt TEDxMiddlebury 2013 Polly Young-Eisendrath discusses the idea that we can control and manage our lives as counter to our happiness. After considering the true meaning of happiness, Polly highlights several uniquely human emotions—shame, guilt, envy, and jealousy—that pose as obstacles to this happiness and offers solutions to overcome these emotions.

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Omega Institute: Getting Off the Emotional Roller Coaster

Japanese-drawing-300x274On July 19-21, 2013 Polly taught a weekend workshop with John Tarrant and Anyen Rinpoche at the famed Omega Institute in Rhinebeck,NY. The workshop was titled “Getting Off the Emotional Roller Coaster,” and Polly’s talk touched on exactly that. She spoke about the ways that America’s fixation on the self hinders our children’s ability to grow; about love as a spiritual practice; and about ways that Buddhism and psychoanalysis can help address life’s ups and downs.

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Polly Young-Eisendrath and John Patrick Shanley

John-Patrick-Shanely-and-PYESolace in social media in which dramatist John Patrick Shanley finds a new audience for his writing through Facebook: “The status update can be a new art form.”

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Produced by the Rubin Museum of Art. To see more talks like this, please visit: www.rmanyc.org/talks

How Parents Can Help Kids Avoid The Self-Esteem Trap

Too many parents today have sky-high expectations of their children, which can only lead to disappointment both from parents and from children if they can’t deliver. So how can parents avoid overparenting and help encourage a healthy, encouraging relationship with their children?

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