Mind Matters 4

Mind Matters 4: The Darkness Within

March 1, 2014

This year’s theme examines the perils that confront those who attempt inner work, whether meditative, contemplative, or psychodynamic. We all know the path of wisdom is “Know Thyself”, but far less often discussed are the shadows we encounter when we explore these depths of our minds; for as Nietzsche said, “When you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”

The speakers for this Mind Matters conference were:

Dr. Willoughby Britton, Ph. D. Spoke on “The Dark Side of Meditation: an Empirical Research Study”

Dr. Jordan Peterson, Ph.D., C.Psych. Spoke on “The Darkness Within: Newton vs Darwin”

Dr. Tony Tonneatto, Ph.D., C.Psych. Spoke on “Meditation and the Unconscious: Revisiting Freud’s ‘oceanic feeling'”

Dr. John Vervaeke, Ph.D. Spoke on “When Mystery becomes Darkness”

Dr. Dan Dolderman, Ph. D. Spoke on “If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding!”

Dr. Stanton Marlan, Ph. D., ABPP, LP. Spoke on “From Faust to Rothke: Beginning and Ending in a Dark Time, From Despair to the Lumen Naturae”

Organized by the Buddhism & Psychology Student Union and the U of T Jungian Society.