- December 3, 2015
- 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Mindfulness has been called "the Heart of Buddhist Meditation" and yet its essence is universal. Buddhist monk and scholar Nyanaponika Thera referred to mindfulness as:
- The unfailing master key for knowing the mind, and is thus the starting point;
- The perfect tool for shaping the mind, and is thus the focal point;
- The lofty manifestation of the achieved freedom of the mind, and is thus the culminating point.
Mindfulness as a word is now a part of our popular lexicon and yet the depth and transformative power that is reflected in Nyanaponika's description is often lost in casual and reductionist uses of the term. In this lecture we will explore traditional, literal, and more operational definitions of mindfulness and look deeply into the path of practice that over 2600 years has adapted to meet the needs of the times and continues to this day to have transformative power both for monastics and lay people in all walks of life.
During this daylong retreat will be taking a deep dive into our own hearts and minds, cultivating meditative stillness of mind and body and looking deeply into the nature of our own experience. There will be an emphasis on learning how to inhabit our bodies with awareness (in whatever condition they might be), and bringing a fresh, kind, and spacious awareness to everything that arises. Cultivating intimacy with our own experience, we let life itself become the curriculum. There will be an emphasis on developing mindfulness in all daily activities to foster a seamless continuity of life and practice.
This day will include a systematic unfolding of meditation instructions, periods of guided sitting and walking meditation, short lectures/teachings and periods of conversation and dialogue about our unfolding experience.
Will Kabat-Zinn has practiced Insight Meditation in the U.S. and Burma for more than Fifteen years. He has taught mindfulness and meditation to diverse populations- neuroscientists at the Mind and Life Institute, incarcerated youth in NYC and Oakland, and business and technology leaders in Silicon Valley. With his wife Teresa Will co-developed and taught a mindfulness-based curriculum for parents as part of a long-term study on stress and cell aging at UCSF. Will leads retreats regularly at Spirit Rock and at meditation centers around the country and is a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher's Council. Will lives in the East Bay with his wife and two children, and leads a weekly sitting group on Sunday evenings in Berkeley.
Thursday December 3, 2015
Workshop (Includes Lecture)
Saturday December 5, 2015
6 BBS CEs are available (MFT, LCSW, RN)
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