Program Details

Modern Psychology and Buddhism

January 10 / 6:00 PM - January 10 / 8:00 PM


Martin Lyden, Ph.D, Liscensed Psychologist is a member of the Albany Shambhala group.   For information about Martin go to his website This class is not part of the Shambhala curriculum however the content is consistent with Buddhism. 

The format of the class will be very interactive and experiential.  The concepts and practices to be presented are ones the instructor and his clients have found to be useful.   Emphasis will be placed on specific and practical techniques and strategies.   

Each of us knows the suffering of disturbing inner experiences.  These include worries, anxieties, fears, sad moods, troubling thoughts, difficult memories, and physical pain. A common reaction to suffering is avoidance, which usually results in worse suffering.  For example, a person with dental pain who chooses to forgo dental treatment may get worse and prolonged pain as well as additional health problems. This class will focus on the causes of suffering, such as a false conception of self and lack of mindfulness, as well as healthy responses to suffering.  The goal of the class is to equip attendees with knowledge of what works and what does not work.  Information and skills to decrease suffering and increase personal well-being will be the basic fabric of the class.   Attendees will not be encouraged to make upsetting personal disclosures or to expose painful vulnerabilities. 

A relevant professional journal article, details on the specifics of the class, and a list of relevant reading references will be e-mailed to those who register for the class and send their e-mail addresses to

In the event of hazardous driving conditions the alternate date for the class will be Thursday January 17, 6 to 8 pm 

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