For Compassionate Relief

For Compassionate Relief

Liberating ourselves from our sense of “self”

Tzu Chi Center  |  November 23, 2021
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To learn how we may heal the deepest of wounds, the Tzu Chi Center invites psychiatrist and Zen Buddhist practitioner Andrew Twardon, Ph.D to C.A.F.E. 229.

Throughout his career, he has worked with many patients experiencing personality disorder and other psychological afflictions. For our program, he has distilled this wisdom to present and break down how to understand any given person by recognizing three aspects of what constitutes the ‘self.’ These include:

  • our personality traits
  • our philosophical self
  • our subjective awareness

Join us for this illuminating conversation to learn what these aspects mean, as well as how Zen Buddhism and western psychotherapy techniques may be combined to help patients – and us – find freedom from senses of self.

See the video above for our full program.

About Our Guest

Andrew Twardon, Ph.D. specializes in advanced assessment, diagnosis, and psychotherapy of  complex personality disorders and personality-related problems including gender/sexual identity, relational/marital/family problems, and addictions. He also offers training and supervision in individual and group psychotherapy to psychologists and psychiatrists as well as mentoring and coaching in psychological and interpersonal competence for individuals, teams, and organizations.

Since 1978, Dr. Twardon has practiced Zen Buddhism, including formal Koan study in the Sanbô Kyôdan tradition with late Daido Loori Roshi at the Zen Mountain Monastery, where he also received Jukai and the Dharma name ‘Nyoun.’

Dr. Twardon is currently the Director & Senior Supervising Psychologist at the Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders at Mount Sinai West, part-time faculty member at the Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at the New School for Social Research, assistant professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and member of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders.

He has also been affiliated with several mental health and academic institutions in New York City, including the Clinical Psychology Department of the New School for Social Research, the Cabrini Medical Center, the New York City Department of Mental Health, St. Barnabas Hospital, HIP New York, and the Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders at St.Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital.

Learn more about Dr. Twardon here.

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