We will also be offering a LIVE VIDEO STREAM of this event. To register to attend the event online, visit this link.
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 neuropsychologist, 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 underlying neuropsychology of empathy, compassion, loving-kindness, and love, and how to strengthen these factors in your brain
--- Practical ways to combine kindness and assertiveness, heart and strength
--- 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 for on-site attendance only. See below for more information.
Learning Objectives for participating 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.
Please Carpool! Visit our Online Bulletin Board for Ride Sharing to find or offer a ride.
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.
Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 488-0164 x224.
Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”
Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review Daylong Programs at Spirit Rock for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.
Carpooling requested for onsite parking.
Continuing Education (CE) Credit: 6 CE credits available for MFTs, LCSWs, psychologists and nurses from SRMC-SCRC for $45. Prepayment available on website. For more information, see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.