On the whole, we experience our greatest joys and sorrows in our relationships. Supported by both Buddhism and Western psychology, the keys to healthy relationships include empathy, compassion, kindness, equanimity and appropriate assertiveness. These states of mind are based on underlying states of your brain. The emerging integration of modern neuroscience and ancient contemplative wisdom offers increasingly skillful means for activating those brain states--and thus for cultivating an open and caring heart, effective communication, balance during upsets and more fulfilling relationships.
This experiential workshop -- led by a clinical psychologist -- will offer user-friendly information about Buddhism and your brain, with lots of practical methods. No prior background with meditation or neuroscience is necessary.
We will cover:
--- A summary of the Buddha's teachings on relationships
--- The deep pathways in your head and heart of empathy, compassion,
lovingkindness, and love... and how to strengthen those
--- Practical ways to combine strength and heart
--- Expanding the circle of "us" to include the whole world
There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.
Teachings are appropriate for individuals as well as health care professionals. Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See below for more information.
This workshop is designed to help health care professionals:
- Name three Buddhist criteria for wise speech.
- Name the three neural foundations of empathy.
- Describe how the survival benefits of relationship skills helped shape the evolution of the brain.
- Teach clients two ways to develop self-compassion.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited and fixed income) are invited to attend this day for $25.
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Online Registration for this event is available until 12 noon one business day before the event. If you can't attend, see our Cancellation Policy.
Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review information about What to Bring to a Daylong. This link has useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Limited Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as scholarships, may be available for this program. If interested, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 488-0164 x224.
Carpooling requested for onsite parking.
Continuing Education (CE) Credit: 6 CE credits available for MFTs, LCSWs, psychologists and nurses from SRMC-SCRC for $30. Prepayment available on website. For more information, see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.