Buddhist Literacy for Secular Mindfulness Practitioners

Seminar 2
  • Nov 3, 2023, 9:00 am3:00 pm
  • Nov 29, 2023, 9:00 am3:00 pm
PK-12 Community


Matthew C. Weiner, Ph.D.
Office of Religious Life


Event Description

This workshop will orient high school teachers who are interested in mindfulness to the larger practice, theory, and tradition from which secular mindfulness emerges. It will include lectures, discussions, and guided mindfulness training sessions. Mindfulness as a professional discipline and as a part of institutional and public life in America has grown exponentially in the last decade, and is now routinely a part of private and public school systems, social work agencies, the prison system, the military, police departments, and higher education. Mindfulness emerges from a rich tradition of mind-science and social practices within Buddhism, much and even most of which is little known to secular practitioners in the west, and yet equally available and applicable in secular settings. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce complementary meditation techniques which are always a part of the original practice, as well as social and ethical ideas that traditionally accompany mindfulness (such as the role of kindness, empathy, and friendship). No previous experience with mindfulness is required.