There are not many occasions in which the practitioner of Mindfulness finds a space to reflect and debate on how Mindfulness can help build a better society, more aligned with the crucial objectives to which humanity aspires in the near future, in terms of climate change, sustainability, social justice …
In the course of this fourth edition of the International Mindfulness and Society Conference, we will have the opportunity to share with seven scientists, researchers and teachers some mechanisms present in the field of Mindfulness that can help us understand the role that Mindfulness and Compassion can play in the construction of a new mentality to face the great challenges of humanity on this planet.
Can human qualities such as compassion, altruism, and mindfulness foster changes in collective thinking and action and drive a transformation toward sustainability? How could mindfulness practice help promote lifestyles, institutions, forms of governance and economic changes that promote the integrity of the ecosystems on which current and future generations of humans and other species depend? Can teaching Mindfulness in schools, workplaces and other institutions be a counterweight to the social and psychological forces that encourage us to find our meaning, our values and our identity in consumerism?
What makes the consumer society so powerful and persuasive is its promise of continuous innovation, and its success lies precisely in its inability to provide us with lasting satisfaction. Explore in this Conference the current role of Mindfulness in sustainability science and in their mutual relationship, in the face of the depletion of resources, ecological destruction, unacceptable inequality and the health and well-being crises in which the world is immersed. Does Mindfulness have the potential to interrupt those chains of suffering? Does Mindfulness offer us a different way of approaching the continuous negotiation between our personal identity and our social being?
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Friday 26 February
Saturday 27 February
The organization reserves the right to change the order of the speakers during the conference, as well as to replace speakers with others of similar characteristics and profile if necessary.
David R. Loy is one of the international references in the West of Japanese Zen Buddhism. He is a writer and teacher of Zen in the Sanbo Zen tradition and the author of multiple essays and books that have been translated into many languages. His articles appear regularly on the pages of major magazines such as Tikkun and Buddhist magazines, including Tricycle, Lion’s Roar, and Buddhadharma. He is a member of the advisory boards of Buddhist Global Relief, Clear View Project, Zen Peacemakers, and the Ernest Becker Foundation. David Loy lectures nationally and internationally on various topics, focusing primarily on the encounter between Buddhism and modernity. Professor of Buddhist and Comparative Philosophy, Loy was, from 1990 to 2005, Professor at the Faculty of International Studies, Bunkyo University, Chigasaki, Japan. In January 2006, he became the Professor of Ethics / Religion and Society at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, until September 2010. and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2014, David received an honorary degree from Carleton College, his alma mater, and in 2016, David returned it in protest of the College’s Board of Trustees’ decision not to divest to fossil fuel companies.
Vidyamala Burch is a Mindfulness Teacher, Writer and Co-Founder of Breathworks, an international Mindfulness organization known especially for developing mindfulness-based pain management. She is the founder of the Mindfulness-Based Pain Management Program (MBPM). The British Pain Society has recognized her ‘outstanding contribution to pain relief’ and in 2019 she was named to the Shaw Trust Power 100 list of the most influential disabled people in the UK. Burch Mindfulness for Health’s book won the British Medical Association’s 2014 Medical Books Award in the Folk Medicine category. Her organization, Breathwoks, operates in 35 countries helping alleviate the suffering of people with chronic pain or permanent ailments.
Janine Schipper, Ph.D. Sociology, Boston College, she is professor of sociology at Northern Arizona University and executive editor of the sociological journal Humanity and Society, dedicated to publishing work on social justice, activism, and public sociology. She is also a dharma teacher at the Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community. Her book Disappearing the desert: Phoenix’s Rise and the Culture of Expansion (University of Oklahoma Press 2008) examines the cultural forces that contribute to suburban sprawl in the United States. Her publications in environmental sociology focus on topics such as the cultural productions of space and time, rethinking our ideas about harmony with nature and questioning how responsible “responsible development” is. She recently published a seminal article on Buddhist sociology entitled “Towards a Buddhist Sociology: Its Theories, Methods, and Possibilities” (American Sociologist 2012) and is the co-author of Teaching with Compassion: An Educator’s Oath to Teach from the Heart (Rowman and Littlefiled, 2018). As a public sociologist, Janine has been involved in public debates on collective wisdom and sustainable communities and is a professor in NAU’s Master in Sustainable Communities. Janine has been integrating contemplative practices into her undergraduate and graduate classes in Environmental Sociology, Awareness and Social Change, and Sustainable Communities for the past 17 years. Her current research examines how mindfulness practices can affect grassroots organizations.
Beth Berila, Ph.D., 500-hr RYT, is the director of the Women’s Studies Program and a professor in the Department of Women’s and Ethnic Studies at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, USA. She is also a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist by the Devanadi School of Yoga and Wellness. She works every day at the intersection of empowerment, Mindfulness, feminism, and social justice. She is the author of the book Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy: Social Justice in Higher Education (Routledge). Beth was part of the leadership team of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition for two years and now she is a community partner working to make yoga and meditation accessible to all by challenging the lack of diversity in Western yoga culture. Her current projects fuse yoga and meditation practices with feminism and mindful education to create a socially engaged form of learning.
Steven Stanley BSc PhD is a critical psychologist at Cardiff University School of Social Sciences, Wales. His academic training is in Psychology. He has a BA in Psychology (Nottingham Trent University, 2000) and a Ph.D. in Philosophy entitled “Doctoral Dilemmas: Towards a Discursive Psychology of Postgraduate Education” (Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University, 2005). Stanley is interested in the therapeutic cultures of late modernity, with a particular focus on the social studies of mindfulness. His articles have appeared in journals such as Theory & Psychology, Social & Personality Psychology Compass, and Qualitative Research in Psychology. In addition to his academic research, Stanley has a 20-year meditation practice and has completed the two-year Committed Dharma Practitioner Program at Gaia House, Devon, and the Pāli Summer School at the Oxford Center for Buddhist Studies, Oxford . He is currently collaborating internationally on a series of interdisciplinary studies of mindfulness, meditation, and mental wandering. He is co-lead editor of the Handbook of Ethical Foundations of Mindfulness (Stanley, Purser & Singh, Springer Publications, release date 2018). Stanley is the principal investigator of a three-year research project “Beyond Personal Well-being”, a landmark study of the mindfulness movement in the UK, funded by The Leverhulme Trust.
Manish Behl is founder of the Mindfulness India Summit and the Mindful Science Center in Mumbai, Manish has extensive personal experience in meditative practice that has led him to be a benchmark in the field of contemplative sciences and its relationship with modernity in a country as complex as India. He is a TEDx speaker and renowned Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence pestige coach, being India’s leading Mindfulness and Awareness expert working on fostering wisdom through Emotional Intelligence and Neuroscience. MSC is a Mindfulness-based Emotional Intelligence study and research institution, oriented to work, education and personal well-being.
Barbara Ibinarriaga Soltero obtained her BSc in Psychology with honours from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. In 2016, she graduated with an MSc in Social Science Research Methods (Psychology pathway) at the University of Cardiff, Wales. Barbara began her meditative practice in 2009, training also as a teacher of atención consciente (‘mindfulness’) and body and emotional awareness practices at the Human Ecology Programme of UNAM Faculty of Psychology. Barbara was awarded different scholarships to attend specialised events (e.g., the Contemplative Phenomenology Workshop organised by the Mind & Life Institute Europe in Nemours, France in 2017), and the Contemplative Pedagogy Symposium organised by the Contemplative Pedagogy Network in Sussex, England in 2018). Recently, she attended the 2nd Annual Empowerment online Retreat (2020) by the UK-based Mindfulness Network for People of Colour. Co-supervised by Dr Steven Stanley and Professor Valerie Walkerdine, Barbara is currently studying a PhD in Social Sciences at Cardiff University, investigating the socio-cultural aspects influencing the implementation of meditative practices in Mexico. Her main interest is to document the emergence and evolution of these practices in her home country and their adaptation to Mexican culture from a decolonial perspective. Barbara’s PhD research is funded by the Mexican National Council on Science and Technology (CONACYT) fellowship scheme.
Mindfulness practitioners, of any level, who want to delve into the topics covered in the conference.
Mindfulness teachers and instructors who want to go deeper beyond practice.
Professionals in medicine and psychotherapy who want to find out more about essential aspects of Mindfulness
It is about two days with three sessions each, of 90 minutes, of which 20-30 minutes will be dedicated to questions, doubts and debate. However, by using the Zoom platform, attendees can, at any time, intervene, comment and ask questions. These are live sessions, with five or ten minute passes between each one.
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