The Promise of Enlightenment

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 22, “The Promise of Enlightenment,” on Thursday, July 16, at 5:30pm at the Meditation Center, Callejón Blanco 4.

The Science of Mindfulness
Thu, Jul 16, 5:30pm
Meditation Center
Callejón Blanco 4
Free, donations accepted
415 111-0644

The arrival of Buddhist teachings in the West is having an important impact. Buddhist teachings are changing Western psychology, and Western science and culture are changing Buddhist teachings. In this lecture you will learn about the potential benefits of mindfulness practice from the perspective of Buddhist traditions. Specifically, you will learn how mindfulness practice can help us awaken to the psychological freedom known as enlightenment. Buddhist psychology is profound in its implications: Grasp a little and you will experience a little enlightenment; grasp a lot and you will experience a lot of enlightenment. Topic headings: Buddhist Psychology, The Mindfulness Cure, Enlightenment. The enlightened, awakened person moves through the world responding to events as they arise with wisdom and compassion. Lives become an expression of generosity, which is the lack of greed; kindness, which is the lack of hatred; and, understanding, which is the lack of delusion.

Questions to consider:

1. What are some of the pitfalls of pursuing mindfulness practice as part of a spiritual path? How have you encountered these challenges?

2. How do you imagine an enlightened person would act in everyday life? Do you think enlightenment is a thoroughgoing transformation, touching all aspects of a person’s life, or do you suspect that people can be more or less enlightened in different realms in different times?

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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