Paul C. Cooper
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About Paul C. Cooper
Seiso Paul Cooper, Sensei is a dynamic and engaging speaker and teacher; Ordained Zen Priest and Psychoanalyst; Co-founder, Director: Two Rivers Zen Community in Narrowsburg, N.Y..; Former Dean of Training: National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis; Award-winning author and poet: The Zen Impulse and the Psychoanalytic Encounter (2010), Into the Mountain Stream: Psychotherapy and Buddhist Experience (2007); Recent Articles: “Zen Meditation, Reverie and Psychoanalytic Listening,” (2014), "Zen Musings on Bion's O and K" (2016); Poetry: Solitary Moon: New Waka (2017), A French edition of his collection of haiku, Still Standing, is currently in production. Seiso works with individuals and couples in Manhattan and in Narrowsburg, N.Y. and he has presented his work on Buddhism & Psychoanalysis internationally. He is available to lead retreats, facilitate workshops and participate in conferences. He also works with individuals and groups through video conferencing. Website: https://realizationalstudies.com/
Titles By Paul C. Cooper
Although psychoanalysis and Zen Buddhism derive from theoretical and philosophical assumptions worlds apart, both experientially-based traditions share at their heart a desire for the understanding, development, and growth of the human experience. Paul Cooper utilizes detailed clinical vignettes to contextualize the implications of Zen Buddhism in the therapeutic setting to demonstrate how its practices and beliefs inform, relate to, and enhance transformative psychoanalytic practice.
The basic concepts of Zen, such as the identity of the relative and the absolute and the foundational principles of emptiness and dependent-arising, are given special attention as they relate to the psychoanalytic concepts of the unconscious and its processes, transference and countertransference, formulations of self, and more. In addition, through an analysis of apophasis, a unique style of discourse that serves as a basic structure for mystical languages, he provides insight into the structure of the seemingly irrational Zen koan in order to demonstrate its function as a pedagogical and psychological tool.
Though mindful of their differences, Cooper’s intent throughout is to illustrate how the practices of both Zen and psychoanalysis become internalized by the individual who engages in them and can, in turn, inform one another in mutually beneficial ways in an effort to comprehend the ramifications of an individual or collective expanding vision.