Poison as Antidote: Working with Anger, Attachment, and Confusion

A Daylong Retreat with Eve Ekman and Scott Tusa
Saturday July 8th
San Francisco


From the Buddhist perspective, the three ‘poisons’ of anger, attachment and confusion are said to be the root disturbing emotions that all other destructive emotions arise from. They are identified as ‘poisons’ because they contribute to our dissatisfaction, and often disturb any hope for clarity and calmness in our mind. From the Western Psychological perspective we see how difficult emotions pervade our daily life, and how we often seek ways to avoid and distract ourselves away from feeling the contents of difficult experiences.

Our daylong will be a highly experiential training to identify and examine these three ‘poisons,’ and find antidotes from within. You will be guided through both Buddhist contemplative and western scientific approaches to working with destructive emotions, learning to soften to our challenging emotions and mental states. There will be guided meditation, discussion, and reflective writing throughout the day. Join us, as we use our emotional life as a tool for transformation. Bring your emotions!

Open to all.

Cost: $35-75 sliding scale, plus dana (donation) to support the teacher. Scholarships are available. No one turned away for lack of funds.

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Eve Ekman is currently a Post Doctoral Scholar at UCSF’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Ekman’s research interests were inspired by her experience as a medical social worker in the emergency department of San Francisco General Hospital coupled with her training in the applied emotion regulation and mindfulness intervention: Cultivating Emotional Balance, CEB. At the Osher Center for Integrative medicine Eve continues to refine the conceptual framework, research and training in the areas of meaning, empathy and burnout. In addition to research, Eve provides training based in Cultivating Emotional Balance to a wide array of clients in technology, health care, criminal justice, law and education both domestically and internationally. Eve lives in her beloved hometown of San Francisco and enjoys surfing, cooking and getting lost in nature. For more information please visit: http://eveekman.com

Scott Tusa is a Buddhist teacher based in Crestone, Colorado. He teaches meditation and Buddhist psychology nationally and supports Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s Pundarika Sangha as a practice advisor. He trained in Buddhist philosophy and meditation with some of the greatest living masters since his early twenties, including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and Tulku Sangag Rinpoche. Ordained by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, he spent nine years as a Buddhist monk, with much of that time engaged in solitary meditation retreat and study in the United States, India, and Nepal. For more information please visit: https://scotttusa.com

This daylong retreat will be held at Against the Stream San Francisco
2701 Folsom Street 415.695.2864