The Science of Mindfulness

Prof. Ronald Siegel

By Frank Simons

The Meditation Center presents the video lecture series The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being from Great Courses, Lecture 5, Mindfulness or Psychotherapy? In this lecture, you will learn that there are many parallels between Western psychotherapies and the traditions from which many mindfulness practices come. But they diverge in the understanding of the self, the ultimate goal. However, the practical differences may not really be so profound because traditional students of mindfulness may have full enlightenment as their ultimate goal. But that ultimate goal is rarely attained. Instead, in ways that would be quite recognizable to Western health professionals, students of mindfulness become more mature and balanced.

The Science of Mindfulness
Thu, Mar 19, 5:30pm
Meditation Center
Callejón Blanco 4
Free, donations accepted
415 111-0644

Subjects to be covered this week are: The Eightfold Path; Similarities between Mindfulness Practices and Psychotherapies; Differences. Questions to consider:

1. In what ways are the goals of Buddhist psychology and conventional Western psychotherapies similar and different?

2. How is the self conventionally viewed in Western cultures, and how does this compare to how it is viewed in Buddhist psychology?

Dr. Ronald D. Siegel is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance, where he has taught for more than 30 years, and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Siegel is a longtime student of mindfulness practices and serves on the board of directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

There will be a discussion period after the video. Presentations of the Meditation Center are offered without charge. Donations are gratefully accepted.


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