Zen and Neuroscience: Training the Brain and Awakening the Mind, CC 9/28

With Ryushin Paul Haller and Philippe Goldin
in the Buddha Hall

   Saturday, September 28, 1 pm – 5 pm

10:15 – 11 am: Lecture by Ryushin Paul Haller with Philippe Goldin in the dining room
11:10 am – noon: Q&A in dining room
12 – 1 pm: Lunch (donations requested)
1 – 5 pm: Workshop

As cognitive neuroscience develops a detailed understanding of the brain's mechanisms, it offers new insights into the practice of zazen in both seated stillness and in everyday activities. The innate capacity for open awareness and the disciplined development of sustained attention are both fundamental to zazen, and contribute to insightful and compassionate responses to our relationships and well-being.

Neuroscience is now able to identify the psychological functions and brain systems that these activities stimulate, and offers insights that can help to refine our efforts in the practice of zazen and enhance our skillfulness in relating to our emotional lives. In this workshop, we will engage in a variety of experiential exercises that will reveal the workings of attention and emotions, and review our responses from the classic perspective of Zen Buddhism and Neuroscience.

Fees: $60; $54 current SFZC members; $48 limited income. Some partial scholarships available.

To Register: Use the Register Online button above. Or call the City Center main office at 415.863.3136 or the SFZC Reservations Office at 888.743.9362 or 415.475.9362.

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