In this Happy Talk, the late Broadway legend Elaine Stritch returned to the stage in the unfamiliar company of psychiatrist Murali Doraiswamy. Wielding her "weapon" of humor, Stritch discussed her own experiences with happiness, and the resulting banter delved into the nature of fear, the formation of community, and revealed one very simple secret to being happy. This is a screening of a previously recorded talk from the conversations series Happy Talk. Post-screening discussion with Pilar Jennings, member of the core faculty at the Nalanda Institute Four Year Program in Sustainable Happiness.
About Happy Talk (2012)
"Central to Buddhist belief is the alleviation of suffering - with the end result a form of happiness. Central to our founding fathers’ belief was the inalienable right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. But do these two expressions of Enlightened thought mean the same thing? Join us as we explore that theme in this series of on-stage conversations between personalities and experts." - Tim McHenry, Director of Public Programs and Performance
About The Speaker
Pilar Jennings, Ph.D., is a psychoanalyst in private practice who has focused on the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation. She received her Ph.D. in Psychiatry and Religion from Union Theological Seminary, and has been working with patients and their families through the Harlem Family Institute since 2004. Prior to this training, she earned a Masters in medical anthropology from Columbia University, where she focused on illness narratives, and a Bachelor’s in interdisciplinary writing from Barnard College of Columbia University. Pilar is a researcher at the Columbia University Center for Study of Science and Religion and Co-chair of the Columbia Faculty Seminar on the Slavery of Memory, where she explores the intergenerational transmission of trauma. She is the author of Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism.