For The Wise Heart & The Mindful Brain: Buddha Meets Neurobiology, Omega has paired world-renowned Buddhist expert, Jack Kornfield, and distinguished authority on interpersonal neurobiology, Daniel J. Siegel, for an in-depth exploration of the mind and heart. The program is based on their new books, Kornfield’s The Wise Heart and Siegel’s The Mindful Brain.

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Plumbing the depths of the new revolutionary research in neurobiology, as well as the complementary practices of psychology from both Eastern and Western perspectives, Kornfield and Siegel focus on the core principles of mental health and well-being. They also focus on the structure of the mind and how understanding consciousness and mental patterns can help reduce stress and anxiety, and foster healing wisdom and transformative happiness.

The content of this program is designed for health-care practitioners in a variety of fields, with or without experience in Buddhism and meditation, as well as others interested in exploring this profound new field of research and practice. Those in mental health, social work, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, counseling, and psychology learn ways to increase their own self-understanding and bring new dimensions to their therapeutic repertoire. Others at any level of experience in Buddhism or meditation learn positive approaches to awaken their own capacity for love, joy, and freedom in themselves and in others.

The program offers ample time for interaction between the presenters and dialogue with the other participants. Conceptual ideas are woven together with experiential immersion throughout this intensive exploration of the art and science of personal transformation and the cultivation of well-being.

The Wise Heart & the Mindful Brain: Buddha Meets Neurobiology
Friday, September 25, 2009
7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Western psychology and Eastern Buddhist meditation have become partners in one of the greatest of human quests—the exploration, understanding, healing, and awakening of the human heart and mind. In two individual talks by Jack Kornfield and Daniel J. Siegel, and then in a group question-and-answer session, we explore Western psychology and Eastern meditation—how they differ and how they are similar—and how one can inform the other to awaken our unlimited capacities for happiness.
A Weekend With Jack Kornfield, PhD and Daniel J. Siegel, PhD
September 25–26, 2009
Friday, 7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

This weekend event combines the material covered on Friday evening with a full Saturday of programs including meditation practice, lectures, case studies, stories of transformation, and discussion. Areas to be explored in depth during this weekend include:

* The practices and principles of transforming difficult emotions at their root
* How intention and motivation (and the practical understanding of karma) become essential tools for change in ourself and others
* The wisdom of positive psychology and the art of healing
* The nature of attention and the power and practices of the mind to cultivate mindful awareness
* How mindful awareness can be considered a form of “intrapersonal attunement” that catalyzes mental, interpersonal, and physiological well-being
* The overlap between secure parent-child attachment, mindfulness, and the integrative function of the brain, especially in the prefrontal cortex
* The role of a “resonance circuit” in mindfulness practice that enables an individual to attune to others and oneself
* The nature of a sense of self beneath personality and adaptation that is nurtured to blossom with mindfulness
* The power of psychotherapy to utilize mindful practice in direct and indirect ways that help reduce suffering and promote resilience
* How to incorporate compassion and forgiveness into our work and our life

After completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

* Describe the role of a “resonance circuit” in mindfulness practice that enables an individual to attune to oneself and others
* Utilize mindfulness practice to help reduce suffering and promote resilience
* Incorporate “intrapersonal attunement” to catalyze clients’ mental, interpersonal, and psychological well-being
* Explain the overlap among the secure parent-child attachment, mindfulness, and the integrative function of the brain, especially in the prefrontal cortex
* Demonstrate the practices and principles of transforming difficult emotions are their root.

Jack Kornfield, PhD, was trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India, and has taught worldwide since 1974. He is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. He holds a doctorate degree in clinical psychology and is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts and of Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, Califorina. He lives in northern California with his wife and daughter. In addition to The Wise Heart, his books include A Path With a Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; Seeking the Heart of Wisdom (with Joseph Goldstein); Teachings of the Buddha; Soul Food; A Still Forest Pool; and The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace.

Daniel J. Siegel, MD, is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he is a co-investigator at the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and codirector of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He formerly directed the training program in child psychiatry and is the recipient of teaching awards and honorary fellowships and professorships. He is also the director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization that focuses on how the development of insight and empathy within individuals, families, and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes. Siegel is author of The Developing Mind: Toward a Neurobiology of Interpersonal Experience; coauthor of Parenting From the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive (with Mary Hartzell); and editor-in-chief of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology.

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