Santa Fe, NM - The Art of Mindfulness & Counseling: Jul 2011

Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Santa Fe, NM
July 28-30, 2011


Agenda (Subject to change)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Being & Doing: Activating Neural Networks of Mindful Presence

In our turbocharged culture, "doing" routinely overpowers "being," so this talk and discussion will cover effective ways to stimulate and strengthen "being networks: the neural substate of spacious contented awareness."

Rick Hanson, Ph.D.
Author, Buddha's Brain; Neuropsychologist, Co-founder, Wellspring Institute of Neuroscience

10:30 – 12:00 noon

The No-Clinging Brain: From Greed Hatred, and Insecurity to Gratitude, Peace & Belonging

This presentation will describe an integrated contemplative neuroscience model that can be used in healthy ways, fulfilled and even transcended

Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

1:15-2:45 p.m.

Emotional Life: Strategies of Transformation

The Buddhist tradition teaches that greed, hatred & delusion are the roots of suffering. Through the power of mindfulness these destructive traits can be transformed – greed into faith, hatred to wisdom, and delusion to equanimity. This session will focus on how mindfulness can help make emotional life a vehicle for awakening.

Sharon Salzberg
One of America's Leading Meditation Teachers

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Awakening Loving Kindness & Compassion

We construct an illusion of aloneness & operate as if we are really an isolated "self" versus a great big "other" out there. This session will focus on an expanded awareness & the qualities of loving kindness & compassion.

Sharon Salzberg

Friday, July 29, 2011

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Trauma, Suffering & Mindfulness

Mindfulness as a "third way" for trauma resolution will be explored, along with existential awareness regarding attachment & impermanence.

John Briere, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Psychology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

10:30 - 12:00 noon

Compassion with the Trauma Client

This presentation discusses the development of mindful attention & awareness with those in psychological pain, regardless of how "good" or "lovable" the client may appear to be.

John Briere, Ph.D.


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Saturday, July 30, 2011
All-Day with Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D.

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Compassion & Neuroscience — Why is it a good thing to be compassionate?

His holiness the Dalai Lama has said, "Compassion is not a luxury; it is a necessity for the human race to survive." This session will explore some of the latest research on compassion, as well as, including various practices of compassion.

Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D.
Buddhist teacher, anthropologist, author, & social activist; Abbot & Head Teacher, Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, N.M.; Author of many books, including Being with Dying

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Compassion in Action: Altars in the Streets

In this session, we will look at how you can bring compassion forward in our everyday lives. How compassion is the basis of service, and actualizing compassion as a basis for resilience. We will do practices of compassion that can be and for one's self and with others who are suffering.

Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D.

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion, Fearlessness in the Presence of Death (PART I)

This session will explore five main challenges clinicians and caregivers face in caring for the dying. It will include an introduction to key meditation practices that foster altruism.

Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D.

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Being with Dying (PART II)

This session will explore a comprehensive approach to compassionate care of the dying and working with approaches to care for caregivers. It will include meditation practices exploring worldview & priorities.

Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D.

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