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Community Events

The following events and organizations are presented by our extended community and may be of interest. These events are neither sponsored nor endorsed by MARC.

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Contemplative Art Viewing at the Fowler Museum 

Mindfulness educator Mitra Manesh leads a mindful art-viewing experience in the exhibition Intersections: World Arts/Local Lives. Contemplative art viewing uses mindfulness practices to explore the relationship between art and the self.

Date: Friday, May 20, 2016
Time: 1:00-2:00pm
Venue: Fowler Museum at UCLA.
Parking: Information here.


For details, visit fowler.ucla.edu


Mindful Awareness and Contemplative Art Viewing

Mindfulness educator Mitra Manesh will lead a one-hour mindful art-viewing experience of works in the museum's collection. The session takes place in the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts and is designed to deepen the art exploration experience by focusing on the suspension of judgment, creating an opportunity for art, artist, and self to be considered anew.

Date: March 17, 2016
Time: 1:30-2:30pm
Venue: Hammer Museum, Grunwald Center at UCLA. Look for signs or ask a Visitor Experience Representative.
Parking: Under the museum, $3 for first 3 hours, with validation (cash only). Validation available at the Welcome Desk.


For details, visit hammer.ucla.edu


Brainpower: Mindsight and Emotional Intelligence in Leadership with Daniel Goleman and Daniel Siegel

The Brainpower webcast series with Daniel Goleman and Daniel Siegel provides leaders, executive coaches, management consultants, and HR professionals with a science basis for their leadership development work.

This live four-part series will be broadcast on Tuesdays from 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST on February 2, February 9, February 16, February 23.  Each webcast will include a live Q&A with Daniel Goleman and Daniel Siegel. Subscribers will also have access to the recorded webcast for viewing on demand shortly after each broadcast.

Date and Time: Tuesdays 3-4pm, February 2016
Where: Online
Cost: $249.95
Info & Register: morethansound.net 




Beyond Mindfulness: Buddhism and Health in Global and Historical Perspective

A colloquium talk by Pierce Salguero, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Asian History & Religious Studies (The Abington College of Penn State University)

The past few years have seen the emergence of the so-called "Mindfulness Revolution" in mainstream American popular culture. More recently, a backlash has emerged that criticizes the focus on the health benefits of meditation as a misguided and superficial form of "Buddhist modernism." The controversy has overshadowed both the deep historical roots of the connection between Buddhism and health, as well as the diversity of these Buddhist healing methods beyond merely meditation. Dr. Salguero's talk will situate the contemporary focus on the health benefits of mediation within the global history of Buddhism and medicine. He will outline the many rich and complex Buddhist approaches to healing that have been (and still are) used globally, and will suggest directions for further historical and clinical research beyond meditation.

About the Presenter: Dr. Salguero is an interdisciplinary humanities scholar interested in the role of Buddhism in the crosscultural exchange of medical ideas. He has a Ph.D. in History of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University, and teaches Asian history, religion, and culture at Penn State University's Abington College, located near Philadelphia. The major theme in his scholarship is the interplay between the global transmission and local reception of Buddhist knowledge about health, disease, and the body.

Date and Time: Friday, January 22, 2016; 3-5pm
Where: 243 UCLA Royce Hall
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Parking: Pay parking available in Lot 5, Level 6
Info: A UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies Numata Colloquium Series Event, 310-825-2089, buddhist@international.ucla.edu
Sponsor(s): Asia Institute, Asian Languages & Cultures, Also Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion, Department of History, and the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center




Changes & Transitions in Your 30s & 40s

Phillip Moffitt will offer a 2-day workshop for people in their 30s and 40s to assess the major questions and transitions they are currently facing in their lives.  Using diagnostic assessments that he has developed over the past 30 years of working with individuals and groups in skillfully managing significant life changes, Phillip will guide you through a process of gaining clarity and insight about where your life is out of balance and strategizing about options and next steps to take.  The program will explore such topics as career fulfillment, relationships and intimacy, money, doubts, and life balance.

Phillip Moffitt is the founder and president of Life Balance Institute.  He is also a nationally-known mindfulness meditation teacher and Co-Guiding Teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California.  Prior to these endeavors, Phillip had a successful career as a media entrepreneur and was CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Esquire magazine.

Date and Time:  November 7 & 8, 2015
Where:  InsightLA, 1430 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 9040
Cost:  $350
Register:  www.insightla.org
Info:  programs@insightla.org, 310-450-1821






WELL-BEING IS A SKILL with Richie Davidson, PhD

Scientific evidence suggests that we can change our brains by cultivating habits of mind that will improve well-being, including happiness, resilience, compassion and emotional balance. Each of these characteristics can be shaped and modified within our brain by experience and training, as shown by the ground-breaking research at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, UW-Madison.

In this talk, Dr. Richard Davidson will share how using mental training to cultivate well-being can have a positive impact on happiness, creativity and productivity in the work place and at home. A reception with refreshments will follow.

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Time: 4:00 - 5:15pm
Venue: UCLA Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium
Registration: Visit» 

Before this talk, join us for a Walking Meditation in Nature with Marvin G Belzer from the UCLA Mindful Awareess Research Center


About the Presenter:
Richard J. Davidson, PhD, is the William James and Vilas Research
Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the Waisman Laboratory
for Brain Imaging and Behavior, and Founder of the Center for Investigating
Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-
Madison. He has published more than 320 articles, numerous chapters
and reviews and edited 14 books. He is the author (with Sharon Begley)
of The Emotional Life of Your Brain. He is the recipient of numerous awards 
including the William James Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society,
and the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award.
He was the Founding Co-Editor of the new American Psychological Association journal EMOTION.
He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2006.





Day of Mindfulness Part 2 - The Tenderness of Life: Aging and Change

Mindfulness allows us to appreciate our lives just as they are-even as our bodies, minds, and hearts change and age. Being present in Tender Awareness, being
kind to ourselves supports us, as life has its own way of transforming itself through the gains, limitations, and losses of our experiences. Join us in this day-long retreat to explore different mindfulness practices meant to build your skills, and create greater ease and peace  of mind and heart. Agenda will cover our increasing limitations, changing nature of the body, changing nature of the mind, loss and isolation,

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Venue: UCR Extension Center, 1200 University Avenue, Riverside

For details, visit UCR Extension»





Mindful Awareness and Contemplative Art Viewing

Mindful awareness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one's physical, mental, and emotional experiences.  Mindfulness educator Mitra Manesh leads a mindful art-viewing experience of objects in the exhibition Making Strange. The intention of Contemplative Art Viewing (CAV) is to explore the relationship between the arts and self by combining art viewing and mindfulness practices. Co-presented with UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. Supported by the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative.

Date: Ongoing
Venue: Hammer Museum at UCLA. Look for signs or ask a Visitor Experience Representative.
Parking: Under the museum, $3 for first 3 hours, with validation (cash only). Validation available at the Welcome Desk.


For details, visit hammer.ucla.edu




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Subscribe to the magazine, or give a gift to friends or family, and Mindful will donate $10 to MARC.

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The Mindfulness Revolution: Leading Psychologists, Scientists, Artists, and Meditatiion Teachers on the Power of Mindfulness in Daily Life
(A Shambhala Sun Book) 

This is an anthology of the very best writing on mindfulness and its applications, compiled and edited by Barry Boyce of the Shambhala Sun magazine. MARC's Diana Winston and Dr. Susan Smalley have made contributions to the book, specifically in the chapter "Is Mindfulness For You?"

Learn more »





New Dimensions Media: How Mindfulness can add to your well-being, an interview with Diana Winston (Ongoing)

One thing that shows up in the research across the board is that people who practice mindfulness report being happier. What doesn't show up in the findings is that their lives automatically get better. They don't necessarily stop getting sick or stop having difficulties, or challenges, or losing their jobs. They lead normal lives, like all of us do. But, the quality of their mind and their ability to be happy in the face of it is different. What mindfulness does is to shift and change our attitude, and create a way of being in the world with more peace and balance instead of being at the mercy of these ups and downs of life.

Winston says, "Mindfulness can change your relationship to life from being stuck in it to having a little-bit of space around it. . . I like to use the definition of mindfulness as attending to the present moment and experiences with openness and curiosity." So, when we are in the midst of our lives, and we're lost in an experience that is painful or unpleasant, we can learn to have a little space and not be so caught by the problems. (hosted by Michael Toms)

The hour-long interivew is recorded and is accessible HERE

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