Dear Friends of Enlightening Conversations,

We are dedicated to creating an environment of openness, mutual inquiry and discovery where Buddhism and Psychoanalysis can dialogue about the human suffering and the cessation of suffering.

As a non-profit organization, we depend on donations, large and small, for our mission. Not only will your contribution allow this year’s conference to be a success. It will ensure the continuation of this series in the future beginning with next year’s conference in Chicago about Love and Relationships. Our program in Seattle in 2017 will address Death and Dying, and in San Francisco in 2018 we will ask questions about the nature of Truth and what we take to be evidence underlying the practices of Buddhism and Psychoanalysis. Each of these programs will draw on the talents of the most accomplished and senior Buddhist teachers and psychoanalysts in the geographical region in which the conference is being offered. Together, we explore how our symptoms, addictions, despair, fear, and longing can truly enrich our lives and expand our humanity.

For the benefit of all beings, please help us continue this rich and cutting-edge conversation.

I deeply appreciate your interest and help.

Kindest regards,

Polly Young-Eisendrath


Donor Tiers


Any donation, large or small


If you contribute $5,000 – $10,000, we would cooperate with your organization in supporting you however we could, in addition to the above. We would also list you on all of our materials for all programs and books as a Sponsor of Enlightening Conversations, going forward. We would offer 2 free tickets to each upcoming event.

Sustaining Sponsor

If you contribute $10,000 or more, in addition to the above privileges, we would offer 5 tickets to every program and would be open to your suggestions about the development of our programs and the invited speakers. You would be listed as a Sustaining Sponsor on all of our materials. We would consider your feedback, concerns and participation in all of our plans.

 I have a good deal of experience of listening to talk on the Buddhism-psychology interface, mostly in academic settings—in which the talk focuses pretty much on theory. That the conversations last weekend so clearly arose out of practice gave them a compelling energy. I was also impressed by the  depth of practice exhibited by so many of the participants. That can’t be faked.
– David O’Neal, Senior Editor, Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston, MA

Fascinating, potentially life-changing exchanges… no one ever accused a Buddhist of not enjoying cerebral discourse. And no one ever accused an analyst of not wanting  self-realization, whether or not it involved the Dharma. “Enlightening Conversations” was just that.
Mark Matousek, Writer, author, spiritual teacher , NYC
It struck me…how many ruptures in Zen communities might have been more skillfully repaired with a little more of an ‘analytic’ approach to the dynamics arising!
Pat Enkyo O’Hara Roshi, Ph.D., Zen Teacher, Village Zendo, NYC