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What Is Mindfulness?

Frank Simons

These days mindfulness is being hyped as the answer to every problem, from attention deficit disorder to global conflict. But what is mindfulness, really?

Film Meditation
What Is Mindfulness?
By Shinzen Young
Thu, Oct 15, 5:30pm
Meditation Center
Callejón Blanco 4
Free, donations accepted
415 111 0644

The Meditation Center presents the Tricycle retreat series What Is Mindfulness? Part 1, Mindfulness: The Awareness, by Shinzen Young. In this retreat, mindfulness will be explored from all angles. How is it cultivated? Why should we practice? Participants will be guided in breath focus from an advanced perspective, learning how this practice develops four aspects of mindful awareness: concentration, sensory clarity, equanimity, and insight. While the practice of mindfulness has many personal benefits, one will find that, ultimately, we cultivate mindful awareness in the spirit of love and service for others.

This retreat involves talks and practice. In the talks Young will elucidate how mindfulness is defined from numerous points of view. He also will discuss factors that could facilitate or inhibit a global mindfulness revolution. The practice sessions will parallel the talks, but from an experiential point of view.

Young became fascinated with Asian culture as a teenager in Los Angeles. Later, he enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Buddhist studies at the University of Wisconsin. Eventually, he went to Asia and trained extensively in three major Buddhist traditions: Vajrayana, Zen, and vipassana. Upon returning to the United States, Young’s academic interests shifted to the burgeoning dialogue between Eastern meditation and Western science.

Young is known for his innovative interactive, algorithmic approach to mindfulness, a system specifically designed for use in pain management, recovery support, and as an adjunct to psychotherapy. He leads meditation retreats throughout North America and has helped establish numerous mindfulness centers and programs. Young also consults widely on meditation-related research, in both the clinical and basic science domains.

He often says: “My life’s passion lies in exploring what may arise from the cross-fertilization of the best of the East with the best of the West.”

What Is Mindfulness? Part 1, “Mindfulness: The Awareness,” by Shinzen Young will be presented Thursday, October 15, at 5:30pm at the Meditation Center, Callejón Blanco 4. There will be an opportunity for discussion following the video. Presentations of the Center are offered without charge. Donations are gratefully accepted.


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