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.
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, […]
When you feel out of balance, take a deep breath and return to awareness. Be aware of everything around you and inside of you. Flow gently with ease. When you feel in balance, return to […]
December 20, 2018 Human Values Meditation Practice Group We will learn about compassion and meditation from a video of the latest lecture by Dr. Barry Kerzin. *Staff from Human Values Institute will lead this practice […]