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THE LABYRINTH AND THE MASK Exploring Nietzsche’s Life-affirming Psychology

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This course is aimed at practising psychotherapists/counsellors and trainees. If you would like to attend and do not fall in to these professions, please contact info@therapyharleystreet.co.uk to discuss further.

“To you, bold searchers, tempters, experimenters, and whoever has embarked with cunning sails upon terrifying seas” A course comprising of lectures on Nietzsche’s vibrant thought, with links to Zen, contemporary psychotherapies and philosophies and featuring experiential exercises and meditations.

“What would it be like to apply Nietzsche’s ideas to the art of psychotherapy and, more generally, to our way of being in the world? How can we make creative use of Nietzsche’s thought in our life and practice? Here is a little taste.The first step is embracing naturalism. This means giving primacy to nature and the body over consciousness. The latter needs to occupy, in this naturalistic view, a humbler position. Consciousness observes the body and the complexity of bodily affects and passions and then sends dispatches of this vast and complex felt text. Its relation to the body and the ‘instincts’, consciousness is subordinate. It is an aspect of the instinctual life, one that is not particularly better, more moral, or even fairer. What we call our thinking is also the result of a relationship between natural forces. ” Manu Bazzano

The course will be divided into three parts:

(a) We will look at the intrinsic intelligence of feelings, emotions and passions, comparing Nietzsche’s breakthrough insights about the Dionysian and the Apollonian dimensions with contemporary notions of eudaimonía or flourishing, developed against more facile notions promoted by the ‘happiness’ industry.

(b) We will explore notions of time in relation to what Nietzsche calls eternal recurrence, an exhilarating myth as well as a koan (or existential riddle), potentially useful in bringing forth a bold affirmation of existence and one that is intimately linked to a path of self-acceptance and deep appreciation of self-other-world.

(c) We will sketch two powerful and far-reaching themes from the Nietzschean corpus: 1) morality and its close link with the notion of the self as-we-know-it, i.e. the Cartesian self and its various surrogates and dead ringers; 2) power, reassessed, paradoxically, not as power over others (for Nietzsche a sign of weakness) but as active cultivation of vulnerability and generosity.

Part One: 19th April, 26th April and 3rd May.
Part Two: 17th May, 24th May and 31st May.
Part Three: 14th June, 21st June and 28th June

Nine Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm
Fee: £600 for the whole course

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About Manu Bazzano

http://www.manubazzano.com/

An international lecturer and workshop facilitator, Manu has presented his work in a wide variety of settings, integrating Zen practice with contemporary psychotherapy and the world of ethics, culture, and the arts.

Born in Calabria (Italy), Manu has been active in the student movement and the Italian radical left of the nineteen seventies. A pupil of philosopher Romano Madera, he graduated in philosophy in 1980. He first encountered the Dharma in 1978 in the person of Lama Yeshe at the Lama Tzong Khapa Institute in Pomaia, Italy.

He became a disciple of Osho, the Indian mystic, between 1980 and 1992, who gave him the name Prem Dipamo, and wrote many of the songs popular in music groups and darshans.

Manu studied Zen within the White Plum Asangha (an international community founded by Zen Master Taizan Maezumi) between 1996 and 2006 and was ordained as a Zen monk in 2004. He trained in Person-Centred counseling and psychotherapy and studied Alfred Adler's Individual Psychology.

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