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Jung and the Path to Individuation through Indian Spirituality
January 16, 2009 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PST
C. G. Jung was very familiar with the Hindu Upanishads and the profound traditions of Indian spirituality. He drew upon them for his understanding of core concepts of the psyche, especially the Self within the individuation process. This lecture will explore the nature of the innermost Self as revealed in the Upanishads and developed through the philosophical teachings of Vedanta. The distinctions between Eastern and Western models of the psyche and human selfhood will be clarified in order to define the ultimate implications of the individuation process against the background of one of humanity’s richest and most differentiated spiritual cultures, followed by an ample opportunity for questions and discussion.
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CAROL WHITFIELD, Ph.D., has an M.A. in Sanskrit from the University of California, Berkeley (1982), a Ph.D. in Phenomenology of Religions from the Graduate Theological Union (1992), and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the San Francisco School of Psychology (1997). During the 1970s Carol lived a monastic life in India where she studied Advaita Vedanta. Since her return from India, she has taught Vedanta extensively on both coasts and was one of the founders and the administrative manager of Sandeepany West, Institute for the Study of Vedanta and Sanskrit, located in Piercy, California, and later, of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Institute for the Study of Advaita Vedanta and Sanskrit, in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. One of her primary interests is the synthesis of Western psychology and Eastern spirituality. She is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Berkeley, California.