Pleasure, Liking and Craving: Buddhist Psychological Perspectives

One-Day Online Presentation and Workshop with Akincano and Christoph

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This is an Online Zoom Seminar with presentations, practical exercises, break-out sessions and the possibility for questions and feedback.

From 9:30 to 12:00 and 14:30 to 17:00 CEST (please select your time zone above to find out your local start time for this course)

If you are unable to attend the live webinar, please click here to register for the recordings. 


Early Buddhist Teachings use the evocative notions of ‘drought’ and ‘thirst’ (taṇhā) to name an existential condition that compels beings to seek gratification and appeasement. The apparently unambiguous psycho­logical term ‘desire’ belies the fact that our explicit cravings often mask an underlying malaise and a sense of lack and deficiency. Buddhist traditions, at a first glance, take a dim view of desire as an unwholesome force, pointing to the profound pathos in human longing, desire and ambition and identify the en­suing pursuits as leading to even deeper unsatisfactoriness (dukkha). However, Buddhist Teaching also recognize desire lies at the heart of moti­vation and the quest for excellence and liberation. At a second glance, the old teachings reveal deep and remarkably modern insights into the ambiguity of wanting; they also offer useful discernment and helpful practices to transform destructive forms of wanting into constructive ones.

This day-long online seminar helps to clarify desire as understood in Western and Buddhist psychologies. As desire cannot simply be negated, Christoph and Akincano – both experienced meditation teachers, psychotherapists, and former monastics – will reflect on the interplay of pleasure, liking, craving, and addiction and explore realistic ways to practice with these con­ditions in the light of Buddhist contemplative vision and Western psychological insight.


This event is offered on a dāna basis - in a spirit of generosity. The price you pay goes towards the running of the event so that Bodhi College is able to continue offering a rich and inspiring programme of shorter and extended courses and retreats once this challenging time is over. It does not, however, include any payment to the teachers for their teaching. Instead our teachers rely on the generosity of participants for their livelihood. We encourage you to offer Dana to our teachers so that they have financial support during this period.  
You can make a financial contribution towards the livelihood of the teachers online using 
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We appreciate your support.

Standard: €20.00 – This covers our costs but not the cost of providing supported places
Sponsor: €25.00 – A voluntary higher rate enabling us to offer supported rate places.
Supported: €10.00 – For those unable to afford the standard rate

Please pay the sponsor rate if you can.

If you are unable to afford the supported rate please let us know. We will make sure that no one is turned away because of lack of funds.


AkincanoAKINCANO M. WEBER is a Swiss Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist (MA). A former monk, he has lived and practised for 20 years in European and Thai Forest monasteries. Particular interests are early Buddhist texts, stillness and contemplative psychology. He is the guiding teacher of Atammaya Cologne, Germany, part of the CPP programme and of several Mindfulness teacher training courses, and teaches meditation and Buddhist Psychology in secular and traditional contexts in Europe and overseas. 


CHRISTOPH KÖCK was born in Vienna, Austria, and spent 17 years of his life as a Buddhist monk in the Theravadin tradition. He lived mainly in monasteries connected with Ajahn Chah in Thailand and the West. Currently he lives in Vienna, working as a psychotherapist in a private practice. He teaches Buddhism and meditation internationally, and is trained to teach MBSR and MBCT.