“Ego” in Buddhism, Psychology & Slang

bowman photo, naropa.jpg   In-person or webcast participation with Deborah Bowman, Ph.D.


Talk: Fri, Jan 31  7-8:30pm         Workshop: Sat, Feb 1,  9:30am-12:30pm

The Latin term ego was first used by Freud’s original translator to refer to the “I” as a mediator between raw instincts and social norms.  As psychology became popularized “ego” became a slang term to describe attitudes and behaviors considered selfish and inflated.

In the 70’s Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche began utilizing the term ego to describe a neurotic process resulting in a solidified sense of self that is separate, self-referential and the cause of suffering.  Buddhists around the world have embraced this usage of the term ego and use it regularly to describe the illusion of a static, autonomous and self-oriented identity.

In the Friday night presentation, we will tease out the threads of confusion that arise from the different usages of the term ego significant to popular culture, the field of psychology and Buddhist understanding.

On Saturday we will experientially investigate the implications of these multiple understandings of ego – and how we can utilize this knowledge to deconstruct and hold a “lighter” sense of self.

Deborah Bowman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, certified Gestalt therapist and has been in private practice for 32 years.  She retired after serving 28 years as a Naropa University professor where she founded Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Wilderness Therapy and the Naropa Community Counseling center.  Deborah is author of several books including The Female Buddha: Discovering the Heart of Liberation and Love. 

Friday $10, Weekend Full Program $25 

Nalandabodhi Boulder, 100 Arapahoe Ave #6, Boulder 80302

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About Deborah Bowman

Deborah Bowman, Ph.D., is a psychologist, photographer, author and meditation instructor. She retired as professor after 28 years at Naropa University where she founded the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology Program and the Wilderness Therapy program. She is a certified Gestalt Therapist has served for 32 years as a psychotherapist in Boulder, CO. Buddhist practice and passion for Guanyin guided her travels in though out Asia. She is the author of several books including The Female Buddha: Discovering the Heart of Liberation and Love.

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