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Toward a Science of Wisdom

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 21, “Toward a Science of Wisdom,” Thursday, July 9, at 5:30pm at the Center, Callejón Blanco 4.

The Science of Mindfulness
Thu, Jul 9, 5:30pm
Meditation Center
Callejón Blanco 4
Free, donations accepted
415 111-0644

Wisdom is important for virtually all of life’s pursuits. Wisdom is valuable for everyone, but we particularly notice its presence or absence in leaders, including political leaders, spiritual leaders, and leaders within families. In fact, there seems to be an inverse relationship between thinking of oneself as wise and actually being wise. In this lecture, you will learn what scientists, psychologists, and philosophers say about what wisdom is and how mindfulness practice can help us develop it. Topics: What Is Wisdom; Developing Wisdom; Stepping out of the Thought Stream; Being with Discomfort; Disengaging from Automatic Responses; Transpersonal Insight; Moment to Moment Observation of the Mind’s Antics; Seeing How the Mind Creates Suffering for Itself; Embracing Opposites; and Developing Compassion.

Questions to consider:

1. What are the most important qualities of a wise person?

2. What gets in the way of your acting wisely in your life?

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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