April 14, 2014

Enlightening Conversations: The Importance of Friendship

A discussion with Jungian analyst Polly Young-Eisendrath and Buddhist author Mark Matousek

“Friendship is a binding glue in all mature, loving relationships.”

In this exclusive conversation, Jungian analyst and mindfulness teacher Polly Young-Eisendrath speaks with Buddhist author Mark Matousek on the importance of friendship for our psychological and spiritual growth. “People don’t give friendship the importance it deserves, especially when they think about how it teaches us to love," says Matousek. "If lovers are depicted face-to-face, deeply in love, then friends should be depicted side-by-side, ready to take on the world together.”

In May, Young-Eisendrath will host our conference "Opportunities and Obstacles in Human Awakening," the first of a new series exploring the intersection of Buddhism and psychoanalysis. Buy your tickets online today—tickets will not be sold at the door!

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catarina101's picture

I appreciate the insight about friendship as a side-by-side practice and the importance of having spiritual friends to share the long path of awakening. I think we are ready for a discussion based on the ideas presented so clearly here. Thank you so much.
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infounikpintar's picture

I do not look like a treasure friendship and honest as it is
friendship is the beginning of everything
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jth401's picture

There is so much in this conversation that I would like to share with a friend who is just recently deeply questioning friendship in general and ours in particular. I think we are ready for a discussion based on the ideas presented so clearly here. Thank you so much.

morgana26's picture

I did love this conversation! I would have loved a possibility to send them some questions as I have a lot in my mind especially about accepting others for they are but not allowing them to harm us or cause pain,
Thanks!

josiedixon's picture

thinking about friendship as part of a personal creative project at the moment and this was so helpful for that. and also just lovely - thank you.

janjarboerussell's picture

I enjoyed this conversation so much. I appreciate the insight about friendship as a side-by-side practice and the importance of having spiritual friends to share the long path of awakening.

Best,
Jan