"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

The Ultimate Rx: Cutting through the Delusion of Self-Cherishing
Lisa Dale Miller
Saturday, January 21, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code LM1D17.
OPEN-Register Here

Western and Buddhist psychologies acknowledge the significant role distorted self-narratives play in poor mental health. But these two disciplines hold divergent views on the utility of "cherishing the self." Western psychology claims high self-esteem is a requirement for self-confidence, happiness and success.

Buddhist psychology asserts wisdom and compassion are the forerunners of genuine confidence and sustainable personal and collective well-being. It further states that endemic conventional and ultimate self-cherishing — the habitual reification of distorted hyper-egoic self-narratives — is a primary source of the klesas, mental and emotional affliction. Yet, Buddhist psychology also affirms the innate capacity of all human beings to end the mental suffering of self-cherishing. Relinquishing endless self-grasping is the heart of the Buddha’s path of awakening. From this noble effort comes the joy and peace of liberation.

This daylong will feature teachings on not-self and include dedicated time for wise contemplation and meaningful dialogue to foster awareness of the myriad ways in which conventional and ultimate self-cherishing manifests in the mind. Additionally, effective skills for lessening the arising of self-cherishing mentation and its deleterious effects will be offered.

Teachings are appropriate for the general public as well as health care professionals. Continuing Education (CE) credit available. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program when working with clients. See below for more information.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals- Based on the content of this program, you will be able to:

  • Describe forms of self-cherishing from a Buddhist psychological perspective;
  • Explain the negative impact of self-cherishing on mental health and societal well-being;
  • Utilize inquiry practices to recognize the presence of self-cherishing as a model for use with clients;
  • Incorporate mindfulness and compassion practices with clients to improve confidence and reduce distorted hyper-ego self-narratives.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.

General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can't attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.

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Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at or (415) 488-0164 x224.

Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”

Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review our Non-Residential Programs FAQ for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.

Continuing Education

This course offers 6 CE credits for $60 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and nurses. If you have a different license and are interested in CE credit, please check with your licensing Board to see if credits for programs from APA or BRN approved providers are accepted.

Continuing Education credit is co-sponsored by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Institute of Noetic Sciences is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP10318 for 6 contact hours. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.

Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include movement. For more information, including attendance and cancellation policies, see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

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