PLEASE NOTE: This page is for the LIVE VIDEO STREAM of this event. To register to attend the event in person, visit this link.
Equanimity means not reacting to your reactions... and that is both a wonderful relief from upsets and traumas, and a profound resource for spiritual growth.
In Buddhism, equanimity is one of the four Brahmaviharas (Divine Abodes), and is often considered the foundation of the other three: compassion, lovingkindness, and altruistic joy. Equanimity breaks the chain of suffering by helping you not react to the pleasant/unpleasant feeling tone of experience with craving and clinging.
Your equanimity, a state of mind, is based on underlying states of your brain. Modern neuroscience is revealing new ways to cultivate those brain states--a potent combination with time-tested Buddhist practices.
This experiential workshop - led by a neuropsychologist - will offer user-friendly information with lots of practical methods useful for both self-guided practice and in therapeutic settings. We'll cover:
--- The Buddha's teachings on equanimity
--- The neurological machinery of emotional reactivity
--- How equanimity works in your brain to prevent, cool and heal destructive emotions
--- Strengthening 'top-down,' frontal lobe influences through Wise View and other elements of the Noble Eightfold Path
--- Training 'bottom-up,' limbic system reactions to be less fearful and angry, and more peaceful, connecting and constructive
--- 'Neurodharma' perspectives on healing from trauma
There will be time for questions and discussion. No background with meditation or neuroscience is needed. Teachings and practices are appropriate for both individuals and health care professionals.
The video from the live stream will also be available to registered participants after the event for 90 days.