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Meditation for Compassion and Altruism
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Meditation for Compassion and Altruism

Opening to Interconnection and Creating Change


What You'll Learn:

  • Hear why its critical to base one’s practice on the principle of basic goodness
  • Learn how meditation is not only a personal path of transformation but a legitimate means for societal transformation

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Bio:

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala lineage, which is grounded in the power of creating enlightend society in everyday life. With a unique blend of Eastern and Western perspectives, he teaches this way of social transformation throughout the world. In addition, he extends his vision to a number of humanitarian projects in Asia and the West. He is the author of the bestselling titles Running with the Mind of Meditation, Ruling Your World, and Turning the Mind into an Ally.

To stay up to date with the teachings and work of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, visit his website here. You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Acharya Adam Lobel

Bio:

Adam Lobel was named an Acharya in 2004 and completed a Masters of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. In 2008, the Sakyong named Acharya Lobel the Kalapa Acharya. The Kalapa Acharya presides over the Pillar of Practice and Education within Shambhala. Acharya Lobel is particularly responsible for curriculum and path development as well as training Shambhala teachers. Adam is involved with various social and ecological transformation initiatives both within and beyond Shambhala. Adam is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife and two sons.

How Can Mindfulness Change Society?

Acharya Fleet Maull and Dr. Richard Davidson
About This Video:

  • Listen in as Acharya Fleet Maull and Dr. Richard Davidson address an audience at the UW Health center on the topic of mindfulness and society

Dr. Richard Davidson

Bio:

William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, and Founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Davidson’s research is broadly focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style and methods to promote human flourishing including meditation and related contemplative practices. He has published over 360 articles, numerous chapters and reviews and edited 14 books. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2006. He is the author (with Sharon Begley) of The Emotional Life of Your Brain published in 2012.

To learn more about Dr. Richard Davidson, visit The Center for Healthy Minds. You can also check his personal website and learn more about his book The Emotional Life of Your Brain here.

Acharya Fleet Maull

Bio:

Fleet Maull is an intrepid social activist/peacemaker and itinerant meditation teacher who travels the world leading retreats, peacemaker trainings, prison programs and transformational seminars. He is an empowered senior teacher in two Buddhist lineages, as an Acharya in the international Shambhala Buddhist Community and a Sensei in the Zen Peacemaker Order. Fleet is well known as a prison reform activist and the founder of Prison Mindfulness Institute and the Engaged Mindfulness Institute.

Learn more about Fleet Maull by visiting his website and check out the work he is doing at the Prison Mindfulness Institute and the Engaged Mindfulness Institute.


The Science and Practice of Compassion

Dr. Kelly McGonigal

What You'll Learn:

  • Discover how compassion is a trainable skill, and learn how to grow in compassion in a genuine way
  • Learn to differentiate the day-to-day nature of compassion from how it is sometimes idealized
  • Join in a guided meditation for opening to and transforming suffering (Tonglen)

Dr. Kelly McGonigal

Bio:

Dr. Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University. Through the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism, she co-authored the Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training, which integrates compassion meditation with contemporary psychological approaches. She is the author of several books, including the “The Willpower Instinct,” “Yoga for Pain Relief,” and her latest book, the “The Upside of Stress.”

Learn more about Kelly on her website here, and access her online course, The Science of Compassion, here. Her newest book: The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It 
is also now available online and at most local booksellers. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter for more updates!

Acharya Fleet Maull

Bio:

Fleet Maull is an intrepid social activist/peacemaker and itinerant meditation teacher who travels the world leading retreats, peacemaker trainings, prison programs and transformational seminars. He is an empowered senior teacher in two Buddhist lineages, as an Acharya in the international Shambhala Buddhist Community and a Sensei in the Zen Peacemaker Order. Fleet is well known as a prison reform activist and the founder of Prison Mindfulness Institute and the Engaged Mindfulness Institute.

Learn more about Fleet Maull by visiting his personal website and check out the work he is doing at the Prison Mindfulness Institute and the Engaged Mindfulness Institute.

Cultivating the Seeds of Compassion

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

What You’ll Learn:

  • Discover the compassion that is already in side of you
  • Learn what gets in the way and inhibits us from engaging in a compassionate way

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

Bio:

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition who has been leading meditation retreats since 1976. He is a member of Naropa University’s core faculty and the author of Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With. Additionally, his article, “Making Friends with Ourselves,” was selected for inclusion in The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 and his essay “No Color, All Colors” appears in the book, Mindful Politics.

Check out Acharya Gaylon Ferguon’s book Natural Wakefulness

Altruism and Societal Transformation

Dr. Matthieu Ricard

What You'll Learn:

  • Learn how human evolution may be evidence of a human nature that is built for cooperation and socialization, rather than inherent selfishness
  • Explore how altruism can be more than a temporary state – it can be a way of being
  • Discover how cultivating altruism can help us face mounting global issues

Dr. Matthieu Ricard

Bio:

Matthieu Ricard is an international best-selling author and a prominent speaker on the world stage, and at TED where his talks on happiness and altruism have been viewed by over seven million people. His books have been translated into over twenty languages and include Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill; and Altruism. He is an active participant in the current scientific research on the effects of meditation on the brain. As a trained scientist and Buddhist monk, he is uniquely positioned in the dialogue between East and West.

Matthieu devotes all the proceedings of his books and activities to 200 humanitarian projects in Tibet, India, and Nepal. You can see his website hereKaruna-Shechen provides education, medical care, and social development to underprivileged population, especially women and girls, and has been very active in helping rebuild villages hit by the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal. You can check out Matthieu’s new book A Plea for the Animals: The Moral, Philosophical, and Evolutionary Imperative to Treat All Beings with Compassion for a compelling appeal to reason and human kindness. Matthieu Ricard takes the arguments from his best-sellers Altruism and Happiness to the conclusion that compassion toward all beings, including our fellow animals, is a moral obligation and the direction toward which any enlightened society must aspire.

Acharya Fleet Maull

Bio:

Fleet Maull is an intrepid social activist/peacemaker and itinerant meditation teacher who travels the world leading retreats, peacemaker trainings, prison programs and transformational seminars. He is an empowered senior teacher in two Buddhist lineages, as an Acharya in the international Shambhala Buddhist Community and a Sensei in the Zen Peacemaker Order. Fleet is well known as a prison reform activist and the founder of Prison Mindfulness Institute and the Engaged Mindfulness Institute.

Learn more about Fleet Maull by visiting his personal website and check out the work he is doing at the Prison Mindfulness Institute and the Engaged Mindfulness Institute.