Rick Hanson on No-Self in the Brain: Insights from Neuroscience about Not Taking Life Personally

Northwest USA  

December 15, 2012
9:30 amto5:00 pm

Join us at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Woodacre, CA (near San Francisco) for this program.

We all experience having a particular identity which helps us navigate in the world — but that very sense of self is also a great source of suffering, as we cling to its wants and react to how others treat it. The Buddha taught that not-self was one of the three fundamental characteristics of existence, alongside impermanence and suffering — but what he actually meant by that has been the subject of much discussion ever since.

In this workshop, we will examine “self” — and its release — in light of Buddhism, evolution, and modern brain science; these perspectives inform each other, and together they offer powerful and practical tools for deconstructing the apparent self. We will cover:

  • Buddhist perspectives on the interconnectedness of all things, and thus the “emptiness” of any apparent thing, including the personal self;
  • How awareness and self evolved in animals, including humans;
  • The costs and benefits of “me, myself and I”;
  • The distributed, variable, conditioned — thus “empty” — nature of self-ing in the brain;
  • A poignant consideration of narcissistic wounds;
  • Nondual perspectives on the oneness of self and world;
  • Brain-savvy ways to relax the sense of self, take things less personally, feel more at peace with the world, and rest in the spacious awareness in which self activates and then disperses.

There will be plenty of opportunities for questions and discussion. No background in meditation or brain science is necessary.

Teachings are appropriate for individuals as well as health care professionals. Continuing Education (CE) credit available.

To register – click here.