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Mindfulness, Dharma, Mental Health & Science With Matthew Brensilver
April 2 @ 12:30 pm PDT
April 2, 9am – 12:30pm PDT
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Increasingly, dharma and its distillations are being incorporated in diverse spheres of secular life: psychology, medicine and education. Meditative practices and Buddhist psychology are being subjected to scientific interrogation. What are the implications of this encounter? In what ways will mindfulness and science converge or collide? Will scientific research inform how we practice?
During this morning, we’ll consider the place of empiricism in dharma, the ways that Buddhist psychology is influencing psychotherapy, and the mechanisms through which mindfulness may confer it’s benefits. Lastly, we’ll consider how this work may inform conceptualizations of dharma in the future.
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Matthew Brensilver, PhD, served as a Buddhist chaplain at USC and teaches about the intersection of mindfulness and mental health at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center and with Mindful Schools. He serves on the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, and completed the Spirit Rock/IMS teacher training program and regularly offers retreats at Spirit Rock and the Insight Retreat Center. He spent years doing research on addiction treatment at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine and continues to be interested in the unfolding dialogue between dharma and science.