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First International Conference on
Other-Centered Approaches:
New Directions in Buddhist Psychology

at the Jodo Shinshu Center
Berkeley, California
February 18 - 20, 2011

Presentations, Panels & Workshops

ICOCA brings together five pioneering teachers and practitioners

Caroline Brazier

Caroline Brazier

Caroline Brazier is a psychotherapist and leader of the psychotherapy training program at the Amida Trust in UK. She lectures internationally and in several UK universities. She is the author of five books: Other-Centred Therapy: Buddhist Psychology in Action; Listening to the Other; The Other Buddhism; Buddhism on the Couch; and Guilt. She holds a Master of Philosophy degree from Keele University and has been deeply involved in the development of other-centered theory and in the Western presentation of Buddhist psychology. She currently plays an important role in the development of Buddhist chaplaincy in the UK, contributing to national committees developing standards and to chaplaincy education at the University of Cardiff and elsewhere.

David Brazier

David Brazier

David Brazier, Ph.D. is the author of seven books and the leader of a worldwide spiritual community. He is a psychotherapist,social innovator, social worker and Buddhist teacher. His books include: Beyond Carl Rogers, Zen Therapy, The Feeling Buddha, Who Loves Dies Well - On the Brink of Buddha's Pureland; Love and Its Disappointment: The Meaning of Life, Therapy and Art. He is the head of the Amida Order, a Pureland Buddhist community with a wide-range of socially and culturally engaged projects and commitments. He has been a pioneer in the presentation of Buddhist psychology in the West and regularly lectures in Asia, Europe, and North America.

Rev. Daijaku Judith Kinst

Daijaku Judith Kinst

Rev. Daijaku Judith Kinst is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in SF. She is a trainer of Buddhist chaplains and psychotherapist integrating Buddhist teachings into their practice. Ordained in 1988 and trained at the San Francisco Zen Center, she is now a teacher of Buddhism at Ocean Gate Zendo in Capitola, California. After completing her monastic training, she completed a Master's degree in Psychology and a PhD in Buddhism and Psychology (California Institute of Integral Stories). She trained as a chaplain at UCSF. She teaches courses in Zen Buddhism, Buddhist Pastoral Counseling and Contemplative Psychology at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, California Institute of integral Studies and was a founding clinical director of a counseling center training students to integrate spirituality and psychotherapeutic practice.

Gregg Krech

Gregg Krech

Gregg Krech has served as the Executive Director of the ToDo Institute since 1992. Gregg is one of the leading authorities on Japanese psychology in the United States and the author of several books including the award-winning book, Naikan: Gratitude, Grace and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection (Stone Bridge Press). His work has been featured on public TV and radio, and in books, professional journals, and magazines such as Body & Soul, Utne Reader, Cosmopolitan, SELF, Tricycle, and Counseling Today. He is the editor of Thirty Thousand Days: A Journal of Purposeful Living and frequently conducts programs for audiences ranging from Zen Center students to mental health professionals.

Clark Strand

Clark Strand

Clark Strand is an internationally known author and lecturer on spirituality and religion. A former Zen Buddhist monk, he was the first senior editor of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review in 1993. In 2000, he founded the Koans of the Bible Study Group, a weekly inter-religious discussion forum devoted to finding a new paradigm for religious belief and practice. He is the author of Meditation without Gurus: A Guide to the Heart of Practice; and How to Believe in God: Whether Your Believe in Religion or Not (2009) a reinterpretation of the Bible in light of Pure Land Buddhist teachings on Self and Other Power. He writes on a variety spiritual and ecological themes, including Green Meditation — an environmental-historical approach to religion and spiritual practice.