The Science and Practice of the Meditative Mind with Dr. Richard Davidson and Myoshin Kelley
University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center St. Paul, MN
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In this workshop, Professor Davidson* and senior meditation instructor Myoshin Kelley will explore the science and practice of meditation. Scientific research has discovered surprising things about the brain's ability to change and adapt, and how meditation can change the way the brain functions. Dr. Davidson will share what he has learned studying some of the world's most experienced meditators and discuss some of the key findings and challenges in the nascent field of contemplative neuroscience. Myoshin Kelley will guide the group through meditation exercises in each session that will provide a direct experience of contemplative meditation practices. Join us for this daylong exploration of the way meditation affects the body, mind, and the brain.
Richard J. Davidson, PhD, is a renowned neuroscientist and one of the world's leading experts on the impact of contemplative practices, such as meditation, on the brain. He is the founder and chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work in studying emotion and the brain. A friend and confidante of the Dalai Lama, he is a highly sought after expert and speaker internationally. Time magazine named him one of the most influential people in the world in 2006.
Dr. Davidson has published hundreds of scientific papers and edited 14 books. A New York Times bestselling author, he has been featured widely in popular media, including ABC's Nightline, National Public Radio, Time magazine, Newsweek, O, the Oprah magazine, PBS's the Charlie Rose Show, Harvard Business Review, and many other national and international news outlets.
Myoshin Kelley attended her first meditation retreat in 1975 at the age of 20. Through the ensuing years she has received dharma instructions from several renowned Buddhist meditation masters in the Theravada, Zen and Vajrayana traditions. She has practiced extensively with the Burmese meditation masters Chanmyay Sayadaw, Sayadaw U Pandita, and Sayadaw U Tejaniya. in the early 1990s Myoshin received meditation instruction from the Soto Zen master Hogen Yamahata. Her desire for long-term meditation practice has taken her to Burma on several occasions.
In 1994 she accompanied her husband, Edwin, to the insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, MA, where she was trained as a meditation instructor by Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzburg. Since then she has been teaching meditation in a number of places throughout North America, in 2003 she was appointed the teacher in residence at the Forest Refuge, the long-term practice center at IMS.
Myoshin was introduced to Vajrayana teachings in 1993 and met Mingyur Rinpoche in 1998 when he first visited the US with his brother Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Since then she has practiced with Mingyur Rinpoche in North America and Asia benefiting from his skillful, lucid instructions on the profound teachings of Mahamudra. She moved to Minneapolis in 2010 to help support Mingyur Rinpoche in his world wide vision and leads programs internationally and locally.
***********Please note Dr. Davidson will be giving a lecture on Friday May 2nd titled Change your Brain by Changing your Mind. Tickets for this event must be purchased separately via Brown Paper Tickets.
University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center (View)
1890 Burford Ave
St. Paul, MN 55449