Joyous Effort: A Buddhist Approach to Finding Inner Strength

Saturday, June 1, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. CT  
TS Members: $35 • Nonmembers: $40


Joyous Effor Finding Strength and Determination Within Pilar Jennings 6.1.24In Buddhist psychology, there are core values and capacities known as paramitas that help us navigate life with readiness and resilience. Paramitas are often translated as “perfections,” and refer to the noble character qualities associated with enlightened beings. In this workshop, psychoanalyst and teacher of Buddhist studies Dr. Pilar Jennings will highlight and explore one of these paramitas, the capacity for enthusiastic perseverance, also known as joyous effort. Dr. Jennings will examine the nature of this capacity and methods for restoring our natural connection to a wellspring of energy and determination, even in the face of life’s significant challenges.

Themes will include:

  • Psychological obstacles that may interfere with this energized state of mind
  • Additional paramitas and their relationship to perseverance
  • Psychotherapeutic insights for bolstering a readiness to face life with trust in our natural ability to find our way through with well-being, contentment, and joy

There will also be a brief guided meditation.

Registration includes on-demand access to a recording of the program, which can be viewed for two weeks following the program date.

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Pilar JenningsDr. Pilar Jennings is a psychoanalyst based in New York City with a focus on the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation practice. Dr. Jennings has been a Buddhist practitioner for the past 40 years and is a teacher of Tibetan Buddhism in the Sakya lineage. She is a visiting lecturer at Union Theological Seminary and a faculty member of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science. Her publications include Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism and To Heal a Wounded Heart: The Transformative Power of Buddhism and Psychotherapy in Action.


Program Format

This is a live, interactive online program that will also be recorded. Our goal is to send the recording to you within two business days, often sooner. The recording will be available for on-demand viewing for two weeks following the program date.

Software Platform

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