February 11, 2017: Mindfulness, Dharma, Mental Health & Science with Matthew Brensilver

Mindfulness, Dharma, Mental Health & Science

With Matthew Brensilver

February 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 pm

At Insight Meditation Center, 108 Birch Street, Redwood City, CA 94062

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 day, we’ll examine the ways that mindfulness is influencing psychotherapy. We will examine scientific research regarding the efficacy of mindfulness and the psychological and neurobiological mechanisms through which mindfulness confers its benefits. Lastly, we’ll consider how this work may inform conceptualizations of dharma in the future.

Bring lunch

No registration required

Matthew Brensilver, PhD, served as a Buddhist chaplain at USC for four years and teaches about the intersection of mindfulness and mental health at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center and with Mindful Schools. Matthew was trained by Noah Levine and teaches at Against the Stream. He completed the Spirit Rock/IMS teacher training program and 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.