What is Lantern Chicago?

The name was inspired by a Buddhist quote
"Be a lamp unto yourself." 
When Buddha was dying, his followers asked him how to continue their practice after he was gone. He advised them to look inward for guidance. 


Be a lamp unto yourself.

Be a refuge to yourself.

Hold fast to Truth as a lamp.

Hold fast to the truth as a refuge.

Look not for a refuge in anyone beside yourself.

Those who are a lamp unto themselves

And betake themselves to no external refuge,

But hold fast to the Truth as their lamp,

And hold fast to the Truth as their refuge,

They shall reach the topmost height.


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Susan has provided therapy since 2008. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Applied Psychology and a Master's degree in Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois. She worked at well respected agencies that provide services for GLBT people, including Howard Brown Health Center and The Center on Halsted. Susan volunteered with organizations that address rape victim advocacy and domestic violence. She has experience as a clinical supervisor for social workers and graduate level counseling and social work students. She received NASW approved training of fundamentals of clinical supervision. 


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