Introduction To Shadow Work For Dharma Practitioners - Buddhism, Zen and Spiritual Bypassing

Led By Jogen Salzberg

Feb 22nd, March 1st and 8th

Tuesday Evenings 6- 7:30 PT/ 9- 10:30 ET

Why Would Dharma Practitioners Do Shadow Work?


  • The teachings of Buddhist and other traditions have benefited you yet you also feel they ask you to leave parts of who you are aside.

  • You have practiced for a while perhaps you can even access some degree of selfless awareness, but still problematic reactivity springs up with certain people and you don’t know why.


  • You clearly see the reality of death and impermanence but find yourself fretting away energy on things that don’t accord with that insight nor satisfy your deeper longings.


  • Loving-kindness for others isn't so difficult but dislike or even hatred for yourself or grudges toward people in your life still linger.




Meditation practices are deep medicine to clear away identification with and hold in spaciousness limiting experiences about who we are: “ I am my thoughts, I am my body, I am my feelings…” With devoted practice even “ I am “ is seen in a whole new light.


Still, meditation practices may leave ‘embedded’ views, beliefs and prejudices untouched by our insights. Sometimes it seems to effect change one-sidedly, our emotional-somatic being left out of the process of transformation. More on shadow work here.

The topics that will be covered in this 3 class introduction:


  • Discerning internalized, unhelpful spiritual ideals (‘this is how a practitioner should be’ )


  • Exploring ways we might perform being a dharma practitioner that are dissonant with an authentic embodiment of practice.

  • Spiritual Bypassing- what it is, why most of us will do it at some time in our practice, how to work with it.


  • Directly exploring marginalized parts of ourselves that have become disowned


  • Parts work with the Five Hindrances, the kleshas, and voices such as ‘It Doesn’t Matter’, ‘I’m too_____ ‘, ‘Comfort Sponge’, ‘Maintainer of the Status Quo’, ‘The Knower’ and more.

Suggested Donation $45 - 90

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