Herding an Ox: Jung, Zen Buddhism, & the Way of Individuation

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  •  February 6, 2016
     10:00 am CST - 4:00 pm CST

CEUs: 5

Instructor: Warren Sibilla

*This class will break for lunch.

As the Dharma moves West it faces an inevitable confrontation with the Western psyche steeped in the hero myth and its championed notion of the “self”. However, the Eastern path of enlightenment prompts one to “Study the self so as to forget the self.” This may strike many Westerners as fundamentally odd and perhaps even subversive to their usual and customary notions of the self. This workshop seeks to compare and contrast Jung’s model of individuation- psychological maturity in the West, with the path of enlightenment- spiritual maturity in the East, using the 10 Ox Herding Pictures from 12th century Asia. In doing so, many of the fundamental concepts of analytical psychology will be discussed in light of the similarities and differences between Eastern and Western culture and their respective notions of spiritual and psychological development. Small discussion group exercises will offer participants the opportunity to apply the workshop material to their own lives.

*This program is appropriate for both new and returning participants. Additional material has been added since previous presentation.

About the Instructor
Dr. Warren W. Sibilla Jr. took his PhD. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1992.  Since then he has earned a certificate in Object Relations Theory and Practice and earned the Diplomate in Jungian Psychoanalysis from the Jung Institute of Chicago in 2007.  He is presently studying Zen Buddhism at the Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremper, N.Y. and is writing a book entitled, Herding an Ox: Jung, Zen Buddhism, & the Way of Individuation.


Venue Phone: 847-475-4848 *221

Venue Website:

817 Dempster St., Evanston, Illinois, 60201, United States