Radhule Weininger, MD, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and medical doctor. She has a flourishing psychotherapy practice, combining Buddhist and Western psychology. She in founding teacher of One Dharma Sangha, teaching three meditation groups per week in Santa Barbara, as well as monthly retreats, as well as the annual “Cultivating Emotional Balance” and “Awakening Bodhichitta” training, including Mindfulness and Compassion Facilitator training at UCSB and La Casa de Maria, Santa Barbara. Her book “Heartwork: Practicing of Self-compassion”, with a forward by Jack Kornfield, is published by Shambala Publications.
Since 2003, Radhule has presented at numerous national conferences and seminars, including the Contemplative Care Conference organized by the New York Zen Center at the Garrison Institute, the UCSF Palliative Care team, as well as internationally, in Ireland, Canada, Austria, Spain and Japan. Known for her work in bridging Buddhist and Western psychology, she continues to receive invitations to speak at conferences worldwide. In the coming year, she will speak at conferences in Japan, the UK and Ireland.
After completing medical school in Muenster, Germany, Radhule went on to earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1990 from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. She has completed extensive training in Gestalt, Psychodynamic and Jungian psychotherapy, as well as Embodied Imagination and Dream Tending.
While pursuing her educational degrees, Radhule dedicated herself to a rich spiritual path. From 1980-81, she studied Buddhist meditation practice at Black Rock Hermitage, Sri Lanka. For the following two years, she lived and practiced at the Center of Unity “Schweibenalb” in Switzerland. Since 1986 she has participated in regular long-term retreats with Jack Kornfield and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Since 2011 she has spent each summer in Dharamsala, India, studying the connecting points between Buddhist and Western psychology.
For the past twelve years, meditation teacher and psychologist Jack Kornfield has guided her Buddhist practice as well as her study of how Western and Buddhist psychology intersect have mentored her. In 2010 Radhule completed a six-week training on Cultivating Emotional Balance in Thailand with Buddhist scholar Dr. B Alan Wallace and eminent researcher on emotions Dr. Paul Ekman.
Radhule has published several articles and book chapters on themes such as trauma survivor groups. In her doctoral studies, she completed extensive research on interventions to heal trauma. As a psychologist and victim advocate, she served on a review board of the Franciscan friars on issues of abuse and trauma. As part of Survivor International, Radhule worked with survivors of political torture, and in the late eighties, she led a group for survivors of the AIDS crisis. In 2009, she was the co-author of an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA – the most widely read medical journal in the world) on mindfulness preventing burnout and vicarious traumatization in palliative care and hospice doctors.