This webinar takes place November 22, 2020.
Registration will close 1 hour in advance of the event. Full refunds will be given for cancellation requests up to 1 hour in advance of the event.
Translation will be offered in French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Can we train our minds in the same way that we can train our bodies to be healthier and more resilient? Join us for this special webinar with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and renowned neuroscientist Dr. Richard Davidson for a discussion on meditation practice, the scientific research into how this practice supports our well-being and flourishing, and how modern science can give us new perspectives on traditional Buddhist ideas – as well as instructions in some simple meditation practices that help us to recognize and nurture the mind’s natural qualities of awareness, compassion, and wisdom.
Mingyur Rinpoche and Dr. Davidson have been friends and collaborators for nearly two decades. Rinpoche first visited Davidson’s lab as a self-described “red-robed guinea pig” in 2002, and since that time has continued to participate in the lab’s research. Dr. Davidson’s center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has found that meditators’ brains show enduring traces indicating that the practice produces lasting transformations. The lab’s recent research suggests, among other findings, that meditation may reduce practitioners’ “brain age” and that training in compassion may help to boost the brain’s resilience.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THIS WEBINAR?
~Live Presentation with Mingyur Rinpoche and Dr. Davidson
~Audience Q&A Session
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Mingyur Rinpoche is a world-renowned meditation teacher with personal experience of anxiety and panic attacks, which he suffered from throughout his childhood and into his teenage years, when he learned to transform his panic through meditation. Born in Nepal in 1975, Mingyur Rinpoche began to study meditation as a young boy with his father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, himself a well-respected Buddhist teacher. As a child he became interested in contemporary science through conversations with scientists who were visiting his father, and as he grew older he began to collaborate with neuroscientists and psychologists, including Richard Davidson and Antoine Lutz at the University of Wisconsin, on research projects that study the effects of meditation on the brain and the mind.
Mingyur Rinpoche’s first book, The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into over twenty languages. His second book, Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom, explores how difficult emotions and challenging life situations can be used as stepping stones to discover joy and freedom. In his most recent book, In Love with the World, Mingyur Rinpoche shares how his meditation practice sustained him when he left his monastery to wander through India and the powerfully transformative insights he gained from the near-death experience he had at the beginning of his journey. Mingyur Rinpoche recently appeared in the Netflix series The Mind, Explained, in an episode about the benefits of mindfulness.
As the head of the Tergar Meditation Community, Mingyur Rinpoche supports groups of students in more than thirty countries, leading workshops around the world for new and returning students every year.
Dr. Richard Davidson is a William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as founder and director of the Center for Healthy Minds. His research is focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style and methods to promote human flourishing, including meditation and related contemplative practices. He has published more than 400 articles and is the co-author of The Emotional Life of Your Brain and Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body. Davidson has been recognized for his research through various awards, such as a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Award and an Established Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD). Davidson received his PhD from Harvard University in Psychology and has been teaching psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1984.