The Three Poisons: Understanding & Transforming Suffering

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  •  May 21, 2016
     1:00 pm CDT - 4:00 pm CDT

CEUs: 3

Instructor: Sensei Mui & Charlotta Koppanyi

C.G. Jung was among the first psychiatrists who worked with art as a gateway to reach, communicate and understand his patients’, and his own, psyche.   Jung concluded that spontaneous and intuitively expressed art carried symbols and archetypes and therefore connected us to a deeper level of our psyche, both the individual and the collective unconscious.

In this hands-on art workshop the focus will be on how the three poisons found in Buddhism, illustrated as the Pig (ignorance), the Snake (ill-will) and the Roster (pride, greed) are represented in our personal life. Using The Wheel of Samsara, a Buddhist teaching tool used to explain the suffering / stress of life, we will reflect on how our own three poisons take their form, and gain an understanding of why and how our life is manifested. This workshop takes courage – and allows for laughs – as we take a look at our own ignorance, ill-will and greed.

About the Instructors
Sensei Mui took ordination as a forest monk in Theravada Buddhism in 1971. He received his doctorate in Buddhist Studies in 1976 and later trained as a monk in multiple lineages of Buddhism. He is the Spiritual Director of the Hongaku Jodo and the Director of Education for the Hongaku Institute of Buddhist Studies. 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.


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