Enlightening Conversations


 A New Series Exploring the Intersection of Buddhism & Psychoanalysis
Presented by Spring Journal and the Tricycle Foundation
Hosted by Enlightening Conversations founder and director, Polly Young-Eisendrath

In this groundbreaking series, there will be no prepared papers from any speakers. Instead, there will be structured conversation that is open and impromptu. You are welcome to join the conversation between the audience and the speakers whether or not you have knowledge or experience of Buddhism or psychoanalysis. If you have an interest in what these two contemplative disciplines do, please consider joining us.

Our 2014 event is over. Please join us next year in Boston for our second conference:

"Enlightening Conversations 2015 is Enlightenment: Idealized or Real?"
October 23-24, 2015
Boston | Venue pending

Please see below for details on our 2014 event:

“Opportunities and Obstacles in Human Awakening”

 The debut conference of the Enlightening Conversations series, in which psychoanalysts and Buddhist teachers will speak openly and honestly about the nitty-gritty of liberation.


Polly Young-Eisendrath
Henry Shukman
Pat Enkyo O'Hara Roshi
Jeffrey Rubin
Shoji Muramoto
Pilar Jennings
Robert Caper
James Shaheen
Grace Schireson
Robert Chodo Campbell
Nancy Cater
Deon Van Zyl
Melvin Miller
Deborah Luepnitz
Morgan Stebbins 

Thanks to our conference co-sponsors: