Looking at “Ego” through Buddhism, Psychology, & Slang

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Looking at “Ego” Through Buddhism, Psychology and Slang

With Deborah Bowman


The Latin term ego was first used by Freud’s original translator to refer to the “I” as a mediator between raw instincts and social norms.  As psychology became popularized “ego” became a slang term to describe attitudes and behaviors considered selfish and inflated.

In the 70’s Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche began utilizing the term ego to describe a neurotic process resulting in a solidified sense of self that is separate, self-referential and the cause of suffering.  Buddhists around the world have embraced this usage of the term ego and use it regularly to describe the illusion of a static, autonomous and self-oriented identity.

In the Friday night presentation, we will tease out the threads of confusion that arise from the different usages of the term ego significant to popular culture, the field of psychology and Buddhist understanding.

On Saturday we will experientially investigate the implications of these multiple understandings of ego – and how we can utilize this knowledge to deconstruct and hold a “lighter” sense of self.

Deborah Bowman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, certified Gestalt therapist and has been in private practice for 32 years.  She retired after serving 28 years as a Naropa University professor where she founded Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Wilderness Therapy and the Naropa Community Counseling center.  Deborah is author of several books including The Female Buddha: Discovering the Heart of Liberation and Love. She enjoys hiking, birdwatching and haiku.

Date: Friday, January 31  7-8:30pm & Saturday, February 1  9:30am-12:30pm

Cost:  Friday $10, Weekend Full Program $25

Location: Nalandabodhi Boulder, 100 Arapahoe Ave #6, Boulder 80302

For Webcast: Please register via PayPal below. We will send you information about connecting to the webcast soon.  We will be using the Zoom app.  If you don’t have already have it on your device, download it from https://zoom.us for your computer, or in your app store for your phone.

Please let David Makowski know that you registered by email at djmakowski99@yahoo.com

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