Session 7: Pleasure, Liking and Craving

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Session 7:

17th May at 4pm BST with follow-up discussion 21st May at 7pm BST

Pleasure, Liking and Craving - Buddhist and Psychological Perspectives: Exploring the metaphor of thirst; understanding the dynamics of pleasure, lack, gratification and appeasement.

With Akincano Weber and Christoph Köck

Early Buddhist Teachings uses the evocative term of  “drought” and “thirst” (taṇhā) to name an existential condition that compels beings to seek gratification and appeasement. The magnitude of the affect and the pathos of the ensuing pursuit is not done justice by the usual translation of “craving” – nor is the fact that desire also lies at the heart of the quest for excellence and liberation. Christoph and Akincano, both meditation teachers, psychotherapists and former monastics, explore the metaphor of thirst and attempt to unravel the dynamics of lack, seeking, appeasement and addiction. Realistic ways to practice with craving and its con­ditions in the light of Buddhist contemplative vision and Western psychology are suggested with a passing glance at recent research on pleasure and addiction.

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. 


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