Neuroscience and Early Buddhism – Converging Views of the Mind with Rick Maddock

Saturday, August 31, 2019  9:30 am to 4:00 pm

There is remarkable agreement between the early Buddhist view of the mind and the understandings emerging from modern neuroscience. The Buddhist concept of the aggregates (khandhas) could serve as a Table of Contents for a textbook on the human brain. The day’s presentation will review the design and functions of the human brain by exploring modern understandings of its operation within the framework of Buddhist teachings on the aggregates, emptiness, and the mysteries of “not self.”

At the Insight Meditation Center, Redwood City.  Please bring a bag lunch.

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.