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Perceiving and Remembering – Converging Views from Neuroscience and Early Buddhism with Rick Maddock

December 10 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST

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Many of the Buddha’s teachings have close parallels in modern neuroscience. This half-day presentation will explore these parallels, with a particular focus on perception and memory. Early Buddhist teachings on emptiness and “situational awareness” (sampajañña) emphasize insights into the nature of perception that can be valuable supports for dharma practice. Similar insights emerge from studies of the perceptual circuits of the brain. Neuroplasticity, or how the brain is changed by experience, is viewed by neuroscientists as the basis of all forms of memory. Early Buddhist teachings on karma and the “storehouse” (alaya) emphasize how this principle affects our well-being. A similar perspective underlies the effectiveness of many modern psychotherapies.

Rick Maddock, MD, is a professor of psychiatry who teaches and conducts neuroscience research at the UC Davis School of Medicine. A long-time dharma practitioner with a focus on the teachings of early Indian Buddhism, Rick has completed Spirit Rock’s training programs for senior students and teaches dharma in the Sacramento area and Sierra foothills. His teachings explore the convergence between contemporary scientific insights about the human brain and the wisdom traditions and practices of Buddhism.


December 10
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST
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