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

Loving the House that Ego Built
Howard Cohn
Sunday, November 12, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code HC5D17.
OPEN-Register Here

During this day we will explore the nature of ego and the enormous stress that comes with trying to be "someone." With Insight Meditation, we can make peace with our various self views. Sitting and walking in silence, supported by instructions and dharma talks, we will cultivate embodied presence. We will use the healing tools of mindfulness and lovingkindness to meet the activity of self with balance and openness, perhaps even "loving the house that ego built."

Teachings are appropriate for individuals as well as health care professionals. Health care professionals work with patients and clients dealing with a multitude of conditions, some stemming from the complications of understanding their ego and views of self-esteem or self-worth. This program will assist health care workers to be able to work with those difficult mental states, and offer practices for acceptance, healing, and growth. And, with more understanding of their own egos, health care professionals will be able to offer improved care to their patients and clients. Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See below for more information.

Learning objectives for health care professionals who are participating
Based on the content of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Define ego in a Buddhist context;
  • Distinguish between idea of self and felt sense of self;
  • Explain common ways of soothing oneself that add to distress;
  • Demonstrate ways of soothing oneself that bring reliable relief;
  • Utilize the practices of Mindfulness and Loving-kindness to gain self-awareness and self-compassion, in ways that improve patient care.
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

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Continuing Education

This course offers 6 CE credits for $60 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors. 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 Spirit Rock and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center.
  • 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.
  • Spirit Rock is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16905 for 6 contact hours.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.
  • The California Board of Chiropractic Examiners Code of Regulations 361(h)(2) provides that continuing education requirements may be met by taking continuing education courses by any California Healing Arts Board approved provider, including those approved by the BRN.
Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent meditation. To qualify to receive the certificate of completion, participants must attend the event in full. For more information about CE credit at Spirit Rock, please see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

Cancelation Policy: If you are unable to attend a program, or fulfill the attendance requirements for CE credit, you may offer your CE credit fee as a donation to Spirit Rock, or you may request a credit to be used towards a future non-residential program. If you would like a credit, you must cancel by 4:00pm at least two business days prior to the program. For more information, please see our Cancellation Policy for Non-Residential Programs.

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