"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

The Essence of Buddhist Psychology
Jack Kornfield
Saturday, October 14, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $110 - $275. Please bring your lunch. Code JK1B17.
OPEN-Register Here

This event is also available online as a LIVE VIDEO STREAM. To register for the Online version of this event, visit this link. Please note: by attending this program you are agreeing to having your likeness possibly used in a documentary featuring Jack Kornfield.

Discover inner capacities for wakefulness, joy, dignity and compassion — your Buddhanature. Join us for this day of mindful meditations and teachings on love, consciousness, healing and the nature of mind. Our training will study the fundamental principles of Buddhist psychology, combining practical examples, teaching stories, visionary wisdom and case studies. We will explore applications of these revolutionary perspectives in our healing work, our meditation and our life.

This event is a benefit for Spirit Rock.

Teachings are appropriate for the general public as well as health care professionals. Continuing Education (CE) credit available for in-person attendance. See below for more information.

Learning Objectives for Participating Health Care Professionals
This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Describe five different forms of mindfulness training including the Four Foundations of Mindfulness of body, feelings, thoughts and relationship;
  • Analyze and integrate Buddhist psychology's core principles of mental health and well-being into traditional western approaches, in ways useful to clients;
  • Select and use three Buddhist psychological practices for transforming difficult emotions;
  • Utilize and incorporate compassion and forgiveness training in your professional work, in ways that improve patient care.
This program will be video and audio recorded for an at home audience. By attending this event, you consent to being videotaped and included in the event recording.

CARPOOLING is always requested, and due to the large number of people expected at this event, cars with less than 3 people will be asked to pay a $10 non-carpooling fee. Bring more if you can! Spirit Rock only charges this fee for events that will be very full as we have pledged to help keep traffic down on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. and we have limited onsite parking. You can find other people on our carpooling forum at our Online Bulletin Board For Ride Sharing. Folks who can OFFER a ride are usually needed.

General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can't attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.

Visit our Online Bulletin Board for Ride Sharing to find or offer a ride.

Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at

Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review our Non-Residential Programs FAQ for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.

Carpooling required - $10 fee if less than 3 in car

Continuing Education

This course offers 6 CE credits for $60 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors. If you have a different license and are interested in CE credit, please check with your licensing Board to see if credits for programs from APA or BRN approved providers are accepted.

Continuing Education credit is co-sponsored by Spirit Rock and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center.
  • The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Spirit Rock is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16905 for 6 contact hours.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.
  • The California Board of Chiropractic Examiners Code of Regulations 361(h)(2) provides that continuing education requirements may be met by taking continuing education courses by any California Healing Arts Board approved provider, including those approved by the BRN.
Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent meditation. To qualify to receive the certificate of completion, participants must attend the event in full. For more information about CE credit at Spirit Rock, please see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

Cancelation Policy: If you are unable to attend a program, or fulfill the attendance requirements for CE credit, you may offer your CE credit fee as a donation to Spirit Rock, or you may request a credit to be used towards a future non-residential program. If you would like a credit, you must cancel by 4:00pm at least two business days prior to the program. For more information, please see our Cancellation Policy for Non-Residential Programs.

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