Applied Buddhist Psychology in Dialogue with Neuroscience
How can neuroscience help us transform our own minds so we can be happy and free? Buddhist psychology, using first-person empirical research, teaches us how to look deeply into our mind and remove the obstacles—ideas and afflictions—that prevent us from seeing things as they truly are.
In this online retreat, applying the latest neuroscientific research with mindful inquiry through guided meditations, talks, sharing groups and panels with experts in the study of the effects of meditation on the brain and consciousness, we explore how science and Buddhist psychology can help us to understand our mind. In this way we reduce suffering, cultivate more happiness in our daily life, and remove the imagined boundaries between body and mind, subject and object and brain and consciousness. The insight of non-duality provides a firm base from which to explore and interpret our experience, so we may learn how to take better care of our relationships, leading to more happy, healthy and fulfilled lives.
The course will include live guided meditations every morning, followed by live talks from the monastic teachers, question-and-answer sessions and panel discussions—facilitated by Dr. Liam Kavanagh—between one of the monastic teachers and scientific researchers whose work has deep connection to Buddhist teachings: Antoine Lutz from the Lyon Center for Neuroscience, Elena Antonova of King’s College London, Sebastjan Vörös of Ljubljana University, and Iain McGilchrist author of The Master and his Emissary. Participation in live group sharing sessions is available for the course, and is strongly recommended to benefit fully from the retreat experience.
Course Language: English
Dates: 23 – 28 June, 2020. Closing date for registration is Tuesday 23rd of June, 2020.