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The Mindful Brain with Theodore Usatynski

March  1, 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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Theodore Usatynski

The Mindful Brain with Theodore Usatynski

Psychotherapy, Meditation, and Lasting Change

About the Presentation

Using state‐of‐the‐art animation, we will explore how specific forms of attention and concentration facilitate greater emotional regulation and present-moment awareness. Journey deep inside the human brain to answer these questions:

  • How do we get stuck in habitual egoic patterns?
  • What happens when we are mindful of our embodied sensations?
  • How does meditation increase neuroplasticity?
  • What is the latest research revealing about long‐term spiritual development?

We’ll also glimpse into the frontiers of human consciousness by entering into the world of Tibetan Buddhism. See how these advanced practitioners utilize increasingly refined levels of awareness to transform the deepest levels of human instincts as a path to spiritual freedom.

There will be a 90 multimedia presentation, followed by questions and discussion.

About the Presenter

Theodore Usatynski, author of "Instinctual Intelligence" and many academic articles on the neurobiology of Tibetan Buddhist and other spiritual practices. He holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and Naropa University. A long time student of the Diamond Approach, his current research involves the analysis of the Generation and Completion Stage Yogas of Yamantaka, Guyhasamaja and Chakrasamvara Tantric systems. He has developed extensive lecture and workshop programs exploring how meditation practices recalibrate instinctual responses and autonomic capacities needed in venture into deep states of cessation.

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For More Information

Contact Nathan Lupo at nlupo@ciis.edu.

California Institute of Integral Studies, Room 304, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103