Heart of Buddhist Meditation: Origins of Modern Mindfulness
Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown and Amelia Hall
January 9–14, 2018
If you are a Naropa Student taking this course for credit, please register here: Naropa REL613 Registration.
The impressive health benefits of mindfulness meditation have led to its implementation in significant secular settings; from education, medicine, non-profits, business, the government and even to the military. But long before the healthy effects of meditation were recognized, it was being used as a method to directly experience one’s intrinsic wakefulness and the habitual patterns of mind that generate and reinforce suffering. In this immersive retreat you’ll be introduced to the central practices of Buddhist meditation with guidance from Theravāda, Zen and Tibetan Buddhist textual traditions. You’ll learn the stages of meditation, the techniques that enable you to quickly stabilize your meditation practice, applications for daily life and the workplace, and the recent findings of mindfulness neuroscience.
Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University, and Dean of the Shambhala Teachers’ Academy. She has been a Shambhala acharya, senior dharma teacher, since 2000, and is author of Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism and Meditation in the Classroom. She and Richard have two adult children and three grandchildren.
Dr. Amelia Hall, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. She gained her PhD. in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies from the University of Oxford in 2012. She is also a contributor to the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of Buddhism. She has been a Buddhist practitioner for 20 years.