Nonduality & Western Psychology


An All-Day Workshop with Lionel Corbett & Leanne Whitney

Saturday, March 26th

In the nondual traditions, Reality is an undivided unity, and Consciousness is the Totality and ground of Being. Nondual philosophy provides a radically different view of reality than most of us have been led to perceive. Although we feel that we are individual egoic entities, because of our embodiment and our conditioning, nonduality suggests that this is an illusion; we are all manifestations of the same Consciousness. This workshop will describe the basic ideas of nondual spirituality found within traditions such as Advaita Vedanta, Buddhism, Classical Yoga, Taoism, and the teaching of J. Krishnamurti. We will contrast the nondual perspective with the western psychological tradition, focusing especially on Patanjali’s and Jung’s respective approaches to the psyche, especially the notions of the ego, the ego-Self axis, the conscious/unconscious dynamic, and synchronicity. Open to everyone.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the main difference between Eastern and Western approaches to consciousness
  2. Identify the areas where Western psychology meets its limits from the point of view of nondual ideas
  3. Explore synchronicity as a possible meeting ground between these tradition



$85 credit/$70 non-credit



Continuing Education: 6 CE credits available, see Continuing Education page


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Day Schedule

10:00 Introduction to nondual philosophy

  • Reality as an undivided unity
  • Consciousness as the Ground

11:15 Break

11:30 The ego and the body in Western psychology and in nondual traditions

  • The ego as a construct
  • Psychophysical Being in the Classical Yoga Tradition
  • Nondual thinking; nondual perception; spontaneous presence

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Why is this dialog important?

  • Awakening as a natural process
  • Science and nonduality

2:00 Consciousness in Jung and Patañjali

  • The Jungian Self and the transformation of the God-image
  • The nondual Self and the discrimination of consciousness from the contents of consciousness
  • The conscious/unconscious dynamic

3:00 Break

3:30 Radical acceptance of suffering

  • Self-knowledge in reference to experiencing and witnessing suffering
  • The application of nonduality to psychotherapy and transformational practices

5:00 Course concludes


Lionel Corbett, M.D., trained in medicine and psychiatry in England and as a Jungian analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. Dr. Corbett is a core faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute, teaching depth psychology, and a professor in the University of Philosophical Research. He is the author of Psyche and the Sacred: Spirituality Beyond Religion, The Religious Function of the Psyche, and The Sacred Cauldron: Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Practice. He is co-editor, with Dennis Patrick Slattery, of Depth Psychology: Meditations in the Field and Psychology at the Threshold: Selected Papers.    

Leanne Whitney, Ph.D., Trained in depth psychology, yoga, and craniosacral therapy, she works with clients one-on-one to resolve mental, emotional, and physical blocks which obscure the ever-present alignment of the authentic Self. She has taught the Reality of nonduality since 2009 and presents papers at domestic and international conferences on consciousness studies. Leanne and Dr. Lionel Corbett recently co-authored Jung and Nonduality: Some Clinical and Theoretical Implications of the Self as the Totality of the Psyche for the International Journal of Jungian Studies.

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