March 11, 2016
7:00 pm CST - 9:00 pm CST
Instructors: Mui Baltrunas & Charlotta Koppanyi
This program will focus on the concept of the Shadow as found in Buddhist teachings and their parallels with Jungian theories. C. G. Jung and the historical Buddha approached the problem of shadow self; even though 2500 years separate the two thinkers, as well as their starting points, they came to remarkably similar conclusions. Both addressed the concept of an individual Shadow and of a collective Shadow, and its possible origins from a collective storehouse consciousness (Sanskrit: ālaya-vijñāna). Ms. Koppanyi and Sensei Mui will compare and contrast the two respective notions of the shadow, presenting the material in an interactive and hands-on presentation utilizing meditative contemplation and art as tools for self-exploration.
About the Instructors
Sensei Mui took refuge and bhikkhu ordination as a Theravada forest monk in Thailand in the Dhammayut Tradition, in 1971. He remained in Thailand until 1975 when he entered the Vidyodaya University of Sri Lanka receiving a doctorate in Buddhist Studies in 1976. He has been ordained as a monk in the Pure Land (Jodo), Soto Zen, and esoteric Tendai school of Buddhism and studied Tibetan Buddhism under the Dalai Lama and others and authorized to teach Vajrayana (esoteric Buddhism). He is the Spiritual Director of the Hongaku Jodo Compassionate Lotus Tradition and the Director of Buddhist Education for the Hongaku Institute of Buddhist Studies. He lives in Evanston, IL where he teaches Buddhism and meditation privately, publicly and corporately.
Charlotta Koppanyi holds a Masters degree in Psychology and a BA in Contemporary Religion from Stockholm University and has studied Jungian psychology since the 90’s. In 1994-1995 she studied at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. Her master’s thesis discussed the hero myth in leadership roles and organizations, and she currently teaches art to seniors in Evanston.
Man and His Symbols, by C. G. Jung
Wisdom of Buddha by John Powers, Translator