Rick Hanson, PhD began meditating in 1974 and has practiced in several traditions. A neuropsychologist, writer, and teacher, he co-founded the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom (see www.WiseBrain.org) and edits the Wise Brain Bulletin. First author of Mother Nurture (Penguin, 2002), he has authored the books Hardwiring Happiness (New York Times best-selling author), Buddha's Brain and Just One Thing. He started sitting at Spirit Rock in 1993 and served a nine-year term on its Board. A graduate of the Community Dharma Leader training program, he leads a weekly meditation group in San Rafael.
The Neurology of Awakening, with Rick Mendius: The latest brain research has begun to confirm the central insights of the Buddha and other great teachers. And it's suggesting ways you can help your brain to enter deeper states of mindfulness and concentration, love, and happiness.
Suffering, joy, and freedom all depend on what happens within your nervous system. Skillful practice thus means being skillful with your own brain.
This experiential workshop offers user-friendly information with lots of practical methods. No background in neuroscience or mindfulness is needed. We'll cover:
--- The relationship between the mind and the brain;
--- Strengthening neural factors of mindfulness;
--- The role of concentration in Buddhist practice;
--- Practical help from brain research for steadying the mind...quieting it... and bringing it to singleness.
Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals-
This workshop is designed to help you:
a) Name two mechanisms of experience-dependent neuroplasticity;
b) Give clients two examples of how repeated mental activity changes brain structure;
c) Describe temperamental variations in the control of attention;
d) Teach clients two ways to practice mindfulness.