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Mindfulness: Sacred or Secular?

Our weekly Tuesday night meditation group is designed to enhance mindfulness and nurture meditation practice through a combination of sitting meditation and teachings. Mindfulness refers to the ability to bring clear awareness to our present moment experience—it is a training that cultivates focused attention, calmness, clarity, and joy.

More recently, mindfulness has garnered increasing research attention in the contemplative neurosciences. Research findings from such scientific investigations of mindfulness, particularly fMRI studies, have appeared in the popular press—highlighting the efficacy and therapeutic benefits of what has now become a secular technique.

This series is intended to create a dialogue and critical examination of mindfulness—including both traditional Buddhist and secular clinical adaptations—exploring a wide range of topics such as: 

-- the meaning, function and purpose of mindfulness 

-- the role of memory, discernment and judgment in mindfulness 

-- the psychologizing and medicalization of mindfulness: impact and implications 

-- the commodification and cooptation of mindfulness as an industry 

-- questions and matters of ethics related to the mindfulness movement 

-- challenges and issues of translation of the Dharma into English 

-- current and future trends in preserving the integrity of mindfulness practice 

-- the role of mindfulness in constructive social engagement and societal transformation.

Tonight's guest speaker: Jack Petranker, J.D. Director of Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages. 

This meeting is appropriate for both beginners and seasoned practitioners. We hope you will come and experience peace, clarity of mind, and a sense of community with us.

Doors open at 7:15pm. Meditation begins at 7:30.

Everyone is welcome. Chairs are provided. The floor is carpeted. You are welcome to bring your own cushion(s) if you prefer to sit on the floor.

For more information on this this and other events please visit imsb.org.

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