Beth Jacobs: Why the Psychology of Early Buddhism is Important Now

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Polly Young-Eisendrath Logo  fiber_manual_record  Oct 18th, 2021


Beth Jacobs is a writer and a clinical psychologist in practice in Chicago. She is a lay teacher in the Soto Zen tradition who integrates Buddhist studies and practice into both her clinical work and creative expression. Beth and Polly explore the relationship of early Buddhist psychology to present-day psychotherapy and the development of consciousness individuals. Dr. Jacobs’s expertise on Abhidharma broadens our perspective on the observational powers of the human mind: that humans can train themselves to become aware of the nano-second process of the coming into being of awareness, moment by moment. 

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