Seiso Paul Cooper, PHD
Seiso Paul Cooper, Ph.D., is the Director and Head Teacher of the Zen & Psychoanalysis Realizational Practice Study Group, New York City, and the Two Rivers Zen Community, Honesdale, Pennsylvania; former Dean of Training, National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis; Faculty, Clinical Supervisor and Training Analyst, Institute for Expressive Analysis; author of numerous award-winning poems, journal articles and books including: The Zen Impulse and the Psychoanalytic Encounter; Still Standing: Three Stones Haiku; Solitary Moon: Contemporary Waka (pending publication). He maintains private psychotherapy practices in Manhattan and Honesdale, PA.
"Since childhood, I sensed that there was something deeper, hidden and beyond the surface of the everyday world. This deep feeling of wonder and curiosity early on energized my search for “what lies beyond the veil”. This led to a degree in Cultural Anthropology and eventually to Indian Yoga. My search of world religious and spiritual traditions provided answers, yet more questions. Despite moments of ecstatic bliss, I still felt a deep lack. Then came a life-threatening illness. A Vedanta Swami’s words came back to me: “You can tell the legitimacy of a true religion by its capacity to address crisis.” And the words of my first Zen teacher boldly popped into my consciousness: “Just keep practicing no matter what!” He was spot on! My search, coupled with my own suffering, launched an immersion in psychoanalysis and Zen Buddhism. Together they have become the life-saving “two wings” of my personal flight. Reality unfolds, fresh, moment-by-moment. As the old masters say, “Practice begins with realization and that realization is endless.” The continued practice of both disciplines is my expression of gratitude for, and acknowledgement of, our capacity for freedom from suffering."