For Compassionate Relief

For Compassionate Relief

Zen Mind, Therapist Mind: Integration of Zen and Psychotherapy

Tzu Chi Center  |  July 24, 2020
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Talk Description

In the past several decades, mindfulness training has been increasingly integrated into Western psychotherapy practice. The number of articles published on mindfulness-based intervention has increased enormously in recent years.

In general, the mindfulness literature has been written by Western practitioners who have had training in various traditions of Buddhist meditation. The perspective of Asian practitioners, who have training in Western psychotherapy and Eastern Buddhism, continues to be rare.

This presentation will explore different aspects of mindfulness, especially focusing on the original purpose of mindfulness from the Chinese Zen approach, which is mindfulness in action.

Speaker's Bio

Dr. Peter Lin is a Licensed Psychologist who specializes in mindfulness-oriented psychotherapy. He received an M.S. in Biostatistics from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Health Emphasis) from Yeshiva University (Ferkauf Graduate School & Albert Einstein College of Medicine). His primary predoctoral clinical fellowship was at Weill Cornell Medical College, and his postdoctoral training was at the HIV Research Center of Columbia University.

Dr. Lin has a great interest in the integration of Eastern Buddhism and Western psychotherapy. He also has a strong passion for photojournalism and therapeutic photography. At St. Joseph’s College, Dr. Lin has developed the Mindfulness and Contemplative Living Minor. He has years of training in Chan (Chinese Zen) practice, and is currently a Chinese Zen Meditation teacher in the Dharma Drum Mountain Chan lineage. He is also an active volunteer who participates in disaster relief as a Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation commissioner.

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