Working with Emotions
with Dr. Pilar Jennings

Thursdays, Oct 5, 12 & 19, 7–8:30pm EDT ONLINE

This three-session online course explores a Buddhist and psychotherapeutic approach to emotional life. Dr. Pilar Jennings, a psychoanalyst and lecturer in Buddhist studies, offers her perspective on a range of emotions—including anger, anxiety, and desire—from a spiritual and clinical lens. Together, reflect on the common and complex struggles with strong feelings and cultivate insights and tools to navigate them with greater ease. Experienced and beginning meditators are welcome.


Oct 5: Class #1 Anger & Anxiety

In Buddhist spiritual teachings anger is thought to be a primary source of suffering. Yet, like all feelings, it arises and subsides. In this course we will examine the key psychological dynamics that trigger anger and its various roles, including the common role of anxiety. We will consider the ways in which anger from others and from within can trigger anxiety, and how to utilize the practice of mindfulness and spacious awareness to work with these complex emotions.

Oct 12: Class #2 Grief & Mourning

One of our most challenging emotional experiences is the intensely personal process of grieving loss. So too, finding ways to mourn with others can stir a range of emotions, from longing, to fear, love, and disappointment. We will examine how grief and mourning differ, and why both are necessary for recovery from loss.

Oct 19: Class #3 Desire & Envy

A central theme in Buddhist spirituality is the need to challenge and better understand our relationship to attachment. And yet, to be human, is to desire the needed components of basic well-being that include close and meaningful relationships. In this session we will explore the difference between needed psychological attachments, and the potential pitfalls of unexamined desire.

Refer to Recordings section below for past recording.

Important Note

This is an online-only event that is administered using Zoom.

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Suggested: $20 per session, or $54 for all 3-weeks of the course
Other offering options: free, $5, $10, $30

The suggested amount helps support teacher offerings and expenses, direct costs and rent. Shantideva member benefits will apply automatically if you have a membership in MindBody. 

Shantideva Center may publish recorded sessions in the public domain (e.g., on YouTube). By registering for this event, you are agreeing to give your consent to this process. To protect your privacy, we recommend being conscious about any personal information you share during the sessions. To further enhance anonymity, you may want to consider turning off video or naming yourself using abbreviations.

Time zone: US Eastern Daylight Time (GMT/UTC-4)

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Past recording of Dr. Jennings’ talk in 2020 Working with Anxiety: A Buddhist and Psychotherapeutic Response. In this video, Dr. Jennings’ explores a Buddhist and psychodynamic understanding of anxiety, its causes and personal symptoms. 

Recordings for Working with Emotions will be available soon.

About the Facilitator

Dr. Pilar Jennings is a psychoanalyst based in New York City with a focus on the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation practice. She has been working with patients and their families in private practice and through the Harlem Family Institute since 2000. Dr. Jennings has been a Buddhist practitioner for the past 40 years and is a teacher of Tibetan Buddhism in the Sakya lineage. She is a Visiting Lecturer at Union Theological Seminary; Columbia University; and a faculty member of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science. Her most recent publication is To Heal a Wounded Heart (Shambhala 2017), a psychoanalytic memoir about her entry into clinical work.