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Sunday Afternoon - The Neuroscience of Buddhist Contemplative Practices
Andrew Dreitcer, opening remarks
B. Alan Wallace, presenting
Daniel J. Siegel, responding
Sunday Evening - The Neuroscience of Jewish Contemplative Practices
Rabbi Henoch Dov Hoffman, presenting
Rick Hanson, responding
Monday Morning - The Neuroscience of Christian Centering Prayer
Rick Hanson, "Forming Your Spirit"
Monday Panels - Scientific, Philosophic, Contemplative and Theological Perspectives in Conversation
Monday Evening - Developing a Contemplative Mind
Monica A. Coleman, "On Baking and Biking"
Daniel Siegel, responding
Opening Address by Andrew Dreitcer (24Kb)
"Space, Time and Deity: Considerations on Theological Presuppositions of Inquiry" by Roland Faber (26Kb)
"Forming Your Spirit: Practical Ways to Use Brain Science to Cultivate Wholesome States of Mind" by Rick Hanson (78Kb)
"The Neuroscience of Jewish Contemplative Practices" by Rick Hanson (26Kb)
"How might music-related spiritual experiences manifest themselves in the brain?" by Petr Janata (10Mb)
"A Perspective on Neuroscience and Contemplation" by Ben Johnson (24Kb)
"Four Process Observations on Neuroscience & Spiritual Practices" by David E. Roy (68Kb)
"Science and Religion: Mortal Enemies or Synergistic Allies?" by David E. Roy (30Kb)
"A Buddhist Philosophical Critique of Naturalizing Mind" by William S. Waldron (137Kb)
"Climbing Taos Mountain" by Martinez Hewlett (40Kb)
In addressing such questions, this unprecedented conference will gather an international group of renowned scientists, philosophers, theologians, and contemplatives to probe the relationship between neuroscientific understandings and the contemplative practices of Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The conference will offer presentations, conversations, and opportunities to engage in and reflect on spiritual practices from each of the religious traditions represented.
2 p.m.-5:30 p.m. - “The Neuroscience of Buddhist Contemplative Practices”: Alan Wallace, Daniel J. Siegel, with Shauna Shapiro
UCLA neuroscience researcher and psychiatrist Daniel Siegel will offer a presentation of what the latest neuroscientific studies are revealing about brain activity during meditation. Buddhist scholar and contemplative Alan Wallace will present a contemplative’s view of the scientific findings and teach a Buddhist meditative practice called “Settling the Mind in Its Natural State." Both will describe their own experiences in meditation. The event will be moderated by meditation researcher and Buddhist practitioner Shauna Shapiro.
7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - “The Neuroscience of Jewish Contemplative Practices”: Rabbi Henoch Dov Hoffman and Rick Hanson
Rabbi Henoch Dov Hoffman will teach a practice from the Jewish contemplative tradition. Rick Hanson, psychologist and meditation teacher, will lead us through an exploration of what may be happening with the brain during this practice.
Monday, October 13
9 a.m.-11:15 a.m. - “The Neuroscience of Christian 'Centering Prayer'”: Fr. Thomas Keating, Michael Spezio, Cassi Vieten
In this unique gathering, Father Thomas Keating, co-creator of “Centering Prayer,” will teach this well-known, historically-rooted practice. Michael Spezio, neuroscientific researcher and
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - “
As a Buddhist practitioner and teacher of meditation, psychologist Rick Hanson has developed a profound perspective on how the understandings of neuroscience may benefit contemplative practice and daily life. In this seminar Rick will guide us in how we may apply knowledge of brain science in practical ways – no matter what our religious or spiritual tradition might be.
1:45 - p.m.-5:15 p.m. “Neuroscience and spiritual practices: scientific, philosophic, contemplative, and theological perspectives in conversation with each other”: Panel presentations and responses by the conference leaders.
7:00 p.m. - Public Lecture “Developing the contemplative mind”: Daniel Siegel and Monica Coleman with Katheen Greider and David Roy
Tuesday, October 14
9 a.m.-11 a.m. - “The Neuroscience of Sufi Contemplative Practices”: Nahid Angha and Richard Mendius
Sufi scholar and teacher Nahid Angha will teach a meditative practice from her tradition. Rick Mendius, neurologist and meditation teacher, will lead us through an exploration of what may be happening with the brain during this practice.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Closing Reflections