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Equanimity in the Dharma and in Your Brain

May 13, 2017, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm PDT

$75 – $200

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, loving-kindness, and altruistic joy. Equanimity breaks the chain of suffering by helping you to not react to the pleasant or unpleasant feeling tone of experience with craving and clinging. Your equanimity, which is a state of mind, is based on underlying states of your brain. Modern neuroscience is revealing new ways to cultivate those brain states using a potent combination with time-tested Buddhist practices.

This experiential workshop, led by Rick Hanson, Ph.D., 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 are appropriate for the general public as well as health care professionals. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program when working with clients. Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See below for more information.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals- Based on the content of this program, you will be able to:

  • Describe the key neurological circuits of emotional reactivity;
  • Explain why evolution has led to a brain with a “negativity bias”;
  • Teach clients or patients ways to use mindfulness practices to step back from the hedonic tone of experience and thus not be so affected by it;
  • Teach clients or patients ways to heal painful experiences through the technique of “taking in the good.”

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.


May 13, 2017
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
$75 – $200
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Spirit Rock Meditation Center
5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Woodacre, CA United States
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