Mind of a Buddha – the meeting of meditation mindfulness and neuroscience
June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm£10.00
An evening of thought-provoking presentations by leading experts with an energising panel discussion, dialogue and debate….with Willem Kukyen, Jem Shackleford and Serena Roney-Dougal
Is it really possible to ‘re-wire’ the brain through meditation and mindfulness practice? Can being more compassionate really improve our mental health and wellbeing? Is there any truth in the stories that Buddhist monks, through the application and practice of 2,500 year old teachings, are able to develop ‘extra-ordinary’ faculties and capabilities?
The festival brings together a clinical psychologist, a mindfulness teacher and a parapsychologist to present current scientific evidence and research on the impact of meditation and mindfulness on the brain, mental health and our human capabilities.
Willem Kuyken is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford, and Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. He is a research clinical psychologist, with a BSc in Psychology from University College London, PhD from the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Salomon’s Clinical Psychology Training Programme. Professor Kuyken’s work is focussed on mood disorders and evidence-based approaches to mood disorders. His research and teaching focus primarily on mindfulness-based approaches, compassion and individualizing evidence-based therapies through collaborative case conceptualization. He was awarded the May Davidson award for clinical psychologists who “have made an outstanding contribution to the development of clinical psychology within the first 10 years of their work as a qualified clinical psychologist.” Professor Kuyken’s research has been supported by the National Institute for Health Research, Wellcome Trust, Economic and Social Research Council, NHS and Medical Research Council.
During this time Serena learned about the spiritual practices, philosophy, folk traditions and life style of the Tibetans in exile and still living their traditional way of life in Ladakh. On four occasions she was able to attend teachings by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, which completely transformed her personal practice.
Serena wrote her PhD thesis on Parapsychology at Surrey University, and is the author of “Where Science and Magic Meet” and “The Faery Faith.” She has spent over 40 years studying and experiencing scientific, magical and spiritual aspects of the psyche, and has lectured and taught courses, seminars and workshops in America, Japan, Europe and India. She has now retired to her home in Glastonbury where she enjoys chopping wood and digging the earth.