Pilar Jennings is a writer and researcher who has focused on the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation practice.  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, and a Bachelors in interdisciplinary writing from Barnard College of Columbia University.  Dr. Jennings is a long-term practitioner of Tibetan and Vipassana Buddhism, and has studied with senior teachers in both traditions. 


Her publications have included "East Of Ego: The Intersection of Narcissism and Buddhist Meditation Practice," and "I've Been Waiting for you: Reflections on Analytic Pain."  Her most recent manuscript, Mixing Minds, released on December 3, 2010 through Wisdom Publications, explores the interpersonal dynamics between Buddhist teachers and their Western students, in comparison to the relationships between psychoanalysts and their patients. 


Dr. Jennings is a researcher at the Columbia University Center for Study of Science and Religion, where she explores the impact of narcissism on environmental issues.  She is also a facilitator of a Columbia University Faculty Seminar addressing topics related to slavery and memory.  In her ongoing psychotherapeutic work with inner city families, Dr. Jennings has sought to explore the impact of racism on children.  With her unique approach to clinical work, she has integrated traditional psychological healing models and meditation. 


Pilar has also trained as a Buddhist chaplain through the Zen Center for Contemplative Care.  Through this training and contemplative care at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City, Pilar has brought the combination of her divergent interests and background to another population in need of sensitive psychological and spiritual care.  As a contemplative care provider, she has made efforts to explore the psychological and spiritual needs of disenfranchised populations.