Jung, Buddha, & the Middle Way: A Historical & Personal Journey

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Jung, Buddha, & the Middle Way: A Historical & Personal Journey

Barbara Friedman, PhD, Jungian Analyst

Friday, November 5, 2021 | 1:00-3:00pm CDT via Zoom | Convert Time Zone | CEs Available

The spiritual alienation of living as a fragile, vulnerable, and fractured human being compelled both Jung and Buddha to explore the roots of our precarious human condition.  Birth trauma initiates all of us into life. Then, western culture in particular, and its post-modern capitalism and emphasis on individualism, adds the additional traumatic separation from our true self and our instinctual and embodied life. 

In the two hours of this class, I’ll guide you through a brief view into Jung’s and Buddha’s intense spiritual journey to heal this separation trauma and its alienation and to dismantle the defensive structures blocking wholeness or unitive consciousness. We all suffer from the myriad defenses that preclude a connection to the ever-present dynamism of reality. 

You might gain insight into your own journey through seeing how this process transpired in an average person’s life. Blending a Jungian and Buddhist perspective, I’ll present images I painted from the major dreams tracking my own personal spiritual journey. I hope these images and their associations and amplifications provide you with an understanding of the struggles and lessons I learned from walking the arduous and often painful labyrinthian path of awakening. The path that leads to self-forgiveness and then forgiveness of others. I risk this transparency in hopes that, as the Tao tells us, with compassion toward yourself you reconcile all beings in the world. 

Audio: If you would like to ask the presenter questions, you will need to have audio capability.

Recording: This program will be recorded and all registrants will receive a copy of the recording regardless of attendance.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop the participants will be able to:
  1)  Describe similarities between the life experience of Carl Jung and Gautama Buddha;
  2)  Identify similarities between Jungian analytical psychology and Buddhist psychology;
  3)  List similarities between Jungian analytical psychology and a Buddhist approach to trauma;
  4)  Describe how these approaches look in an actual person’s life. 

This event will meet over Zoom
The Zoom link to attend will be emailed to registrants 1 week, 1 day, and again 1 hour before the program

Registration closes 24 hours before the program (Thursday, November 4, at 1pm CDT)

$45 $30 | $36 $24 Members | $30 $15 Students | 2 CEs $15

Due to the financial impact of the pandemic, we have reduced program fees. You can support our programs by making a donation.
If you are a 2020 Supporting Member, Patron, or Benefactor, and would like to apply your complementary registration to this program, email jung@jungchicago.org.


Barbara Friedman, PhD is a Jungian analyst and licensed clinical psychologist. She is also a certified addictions counselor and yoga instructor. Her studies have included many years of Buddhist practice as well as other Eastern meditative traditions. She completed five years of training at the Gestalt Institute of Greater Cleveland in individual, group and intimate systems work. Barbara is the author of Partners in Healing: Redistributing the Power in the Counselor Client Relationship. Her community service includes The Cuyahoga County Drug Abuse services Board and The C. G. Jung Educational Center of Cleveland, where she was a founding member. After years of service in addictions and mental health agencies, Barbara moved into private practice. She sees individuals and small groups in Chicago, Illinois. She defines her mission as advocating change in the power dynamic, between people and within the psyche, so that each of us can live out our truest and fullest nature.