Deep Healing for Healers: Meditations of Innate Compassion and Wisdom with John Makransky, Ph.D, Boston College
A special workshop for healthcare providers.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
The Squantum Association
947 Veterans Memorial Parkway
East Providence, RI
Program Fee: $30.00
Continuing education credits are available.
For more information and to register, visit www.bradleyconference.org
This workshop, led by an internationally known teacher, is specially focused for healthcare providers such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, counselors, and milieu staff. This is a unique opportunity to experience these practices that have been shown to reduce staff burnout and improve satisfaction with one's job and life.
To be a healing presence for others, we need to heal deep within. For that, we need to connect to a basic kindness and compassion that is available to us from the background of our experience. In this daylong retreat, meditation practices from Tibetan Buddhism are adapted for fresh access by Westerners, with special focus on innate capacities of loving compassion and wisdom. To receive love deeply and extend it impartially can help the mind rest and releaste its tendency to cling to unhelpful thinking habits. By resting in this state, the mind can further it's innate capacity of loving compassion. When our wise compassion informs our relationships, our actions, and our service to others, it can become a deeply healing power for our self and others.
John Makransky, Ph.D., is a professor of Buddhism and comparative theology at Boston College, senior academic advisor for Kathmandu University's Center for Buddhist studies in Nepal, guiding meditation teacher of the foundation for active compassion (a contemplative social service organization), and author of the popular meditation manual Awakening through Love. Having practiced Tibetan Buddhism since 1978 under the guidance of his Tibetan teachers, in 2000 John was ordained a Tibetan Buddhist lama. He has adapted meditations of innate compassion nad wisdom from Tibet to be accessible to therapists, healthcare providers, and social workers. He has lectured and led workshops at Harvard Medical and Divinity Schools, Emory University, Brown University, Amherst College, Union Theological Seminary, Catholic Charities, and the Institute of Meditation and Psychotherapy.
Two events with Dr. Andrew Dreicter, Ph.D.:
Practicing Radical Compassion: A Workshop
Sunday, March 2, 2014, 11:00am-4:30pm
Winnick Chapel, Glenn and Darcy Weiner Center
80 Brown Street
Tickets: $5 with Brown/RISD ID; $15 General Admission
Tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/575121
This event is made possible by the generous support of the Hershey Family Foundation. Proceeds will go towards the continued programming of the Contemplative Studies Initiative.
Loving Our Enemies: A Contemplative Christian Approach to Compassion The 2014 Mary Interlandi '05 Lecture
Monday, March 3, 2014, 5:30-7:00pm
Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center
75 Waterman Street
The Mary Interlandi'05 Lecture Fund on Contemplative Studies is made possible by the generosity of Elizabeth and John Interlandi in memory of their daughter.
Andrew Dreicter, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Spirituality at the Claremont School of Theology. Dr. Dreitcer has been the co-founding director of a seminary program in spiritual direction and served 15 years as a Presbyterian pastor. A year spent at the ecumenical monastic community of Taizé significantly shaped his own spiritual life and his perspective on both the role of spiritual formation in theological studies and the value of contemplative studies in academia.
Dr. Dreitcer's current research and teaching interests lie in the exploration of the nature and experience of contemplative practices across religious traditions, the relationship between spiritual practices and neuroscientific understandings (http://neurospirituality.blogspot.com), the ways in which contemplative practices form compassionate actions and attitudes of living, and Christianity as a spiritual path of engaged compassion (http://www.triptykos.com). He is also Director of Spiritual Formation at Claremont School of Theology and co-director of the Center for Engaged Compassion.
"The Impact of Meditation on Emotions" a lecture with Sara Lazar, Harvard Medical School
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
5:30pm in Smith Buonanno 201
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction has been shown to be highly effective for reducing stress as well as for lessening symptoms associated with numerous psychopathologies. In this talk Sara Lazar will present data concerning the impact of meditation on amygdala structure and function, both in healthy individuals and in patients with anxiety disorders. She will then present data on the impact of meditation on the insula in relation to pain and depression.
Sara W. Lazar, Ph.D. is an Associate Researcher in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. The focus of her research is to elucidate the neural mechanism underlying the beneficial effects of yoga and meditation, both in clinical settings and in healthy individuals. She is a board member of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and also the Insititute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is a contributing author to meditation and Psychotherapy (Guilford Press). She has been practicing yoga and mindfulness meditation since 1994. Her research has been covered by numerous news outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, and WebMD, and her work is featured in a display at the Boston Museum of Science.
This event is made possible with the generous support of the Hershey Family Foundation.
Friday, Feb. 7, 2014
Joukowsky Auditorium, Watson Institute
Register at: https://sheridan.brown.edu/index.php?eventID=7504
Every act we undertake cultivates something -- essentially there is no such category as "extra-curricular." Each opportunity, each action forms our character, while affecting all of those around us. Higher education, through the use of modes like contemplative pedagogy, can create the environments for us to inquire and challenge what is most deeply meaningful so that we integrate our learning into meaningful action.
This session will explain what we mean by "contemplative pedagogies." We will discover the ways in which first-person critical inquiry can cultivate better discernment and attention in students, provide the means for deepening their understanding of the material they are studying, and foster environments to inquire about and live meaningfully. We will see how contemplative pedaogy can be a powerful way in which we can work together to reclaim the transformative nature of education.
Dr. Daniel P. Barbezat is Professor of Economics at Amherst College. He
is also Executive Director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, which serves as the national hub for contemplative teaching and learning in higher education. The Center is committed to the positive transformation of the higher education system by supporting the use of contemplative/introspective practices to create engaged learning environments. Dr. Barbezat has lectured and led workshops on contemplative learning and pedagogy throughout the United States and Canada. His latest book (co-written with Mirabai Bush), Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning, will be released this winter by Jossey-Bass.