Mindfulness is now a household term yet most people do not know what it means. This is bolstered by the fact that different experts define it differently. The Tibetan word is ‘tenpa,’ which can also be translated as ‘remember.’ ‘Present moment awareness’ is the essence of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s definition. He developed MBSR – Mindfulness-based stress reduction to treat chronically ill patients suffering pain, which has been highly successful. There are now many MBSR training programs. Teasdale, Williams, and Segal developed MBCT – Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in an attempt to interrupt automatic cognitive processes in depressed people. They teach participants to focus less on reacting to incoming stimuli, and instead accepting and observing them without judgment. They are quite successful at reducing relapses of depression. In both approaches meditation becomes a vehicle to focus awareness, non-judgmentally. Next time we’ll discuss the role of meditation in all of this.
October 24, 2018 Human Values Meditation Practice Group We will learn about compassion and meditation from a video of the latest lecture by Dr. Barry Kerzin and we will practice meditation together. *Staff from Human […]
Mar. 29, 2018 Shantideva Shantideva “A Guide to the Boddhisattva’s Way of Life” is one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist texts regarding compassion. Dr. Barry Kerzin who is an American doctor and Tibetan monk, […]
Nov. 10, 2018 Heart Sutra Exploring the nature of the external world and the inner world Many of us have learned to recite Hanya singyo, but few of us know its meaning. We will […]