Date(s) - May 5, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
This event is sold out.
The original venue had 900 seats; the current venue has 460. However, this event will be streamed live, and it will be posted on Karmapa’s YouTube channel for later viewing. Please click here for more information.
Tergar Meditation Community and the University of Wisconsin Center for Investigating Healthy Minds are pleased to announce that His Holiness the 17th Karmapa will visit Madison, Wisconsin, May 5, 2015.
The Heart, the Brain, and Society:
Buddhist and Scientific Perspectives
On the Cultivation of Well-being
A Dialogue with His Holiness The 17th Karmapa
Richard Davidson and Sona Dimidjian
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Is well-being a skill that we can learn, in the same way that we can train our bodies to be healthier and more resilient? If so, how can we build communities that foster wisdom and compassion, rather than competition and conflict? These questions have prompted a groundbreaking dialogue between some of the world’s leading scientists and spiritual leaders.
Please join us for a rare opportunity to spend the evening with three remarkable individuals who are at the center of this dialogue. His Holiness the 17th Karmapa is the head of one of Tibet’s four main Buddhist lineages and is at the forefront of efforts to raise awareness of gender equality and environmental sustainability in traditional Buddhist communities. Dr. Richard Davidson is a renowned neuroscientist who has pioneered the rigorous scientific study of emotion and meditation. Dr. Sona Dimidjian is at the forefront of efforts to understand women’s mental health issues, and in particular how mindfulness may be used to alleviate depression during and after pregnancy.
Photo credit: Flip Wolak Photography.
For more information about the Karmapa’s visit to the United States, visit www.karmapaamerica2015.org.
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His Holiness the 17th Karmapa
His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, heads the 900-year-old Karma Kagyü school of Tibetan Buddhism. He guides millions of Buddhists around the world. At the age of fourteen, he made a dramatic escape from Tibet to India to be near His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his own lineage teachers. Currently 29 years old, the Karmapa created an eco-monastic movement with over 55 monasteries across the Himalayas acting as centers of green activism. He recently announced plans to establish full ordination for women, a step that will change the future of Tibetan Buddhism. His latest book, The Heart is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out, is based on his interactions with American university students.
Richard Davidson, Ph.D.
Dr. Davidson is a renowned neuroscientist and one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of contemplative practices, such as meditation, on the brain. He is the founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work in studying emotion and the brain. A friend and confidante of the Dalai Lama, he is a highly sought after expert and speaker internationally. Time magazine named him one of the most influential people in the world in 2006.
Dr. Davidson has published hundreds of scientific papers and edited 14 books. A New York Times bestselling author, he has been featured widely in popular media, including ABC’s Nightline, National Public Radio, Time magazine, Newsweek, O, the Oprah magazine, PBS’s the Charlie Rose Show, Harvard Business Review, and many other national and international news outlets. Dr. Davidson is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and the Director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior – both at the UW-Madison, where he has been a faculty member since 1984.
Sona Dimidjian, Ph.D.
Dr. Dimidjian received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington in 2005. She joined the faculty in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2006.
Dr. Dimidjian’s research addresses the treatment and prevention of depression, with a particular focus on the mental health of women during pregnancy and postpartum. She is a leading expert in cognitive and behavioral approaches to treating and preventing depression and in the clinical application of contemplative practices, such as meditation and yoga. Current projects in her lab focus on the development of preventive interventions with at risk pregnant women, on the dissemination of evidence based psychotherapy, and, in collaboration with Tor Wager, on the neuroscience of compassion and interventions designed to increase compassionate behavior.
The dialogue will be moderated by Daniel Goleman
Daniel Goleman is an internationally known psychologist who lectures frequently to professional groups, business audiences, and on college campuses. As a science journalist, Goleman reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times for many years. His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence was on The New York Times bestseller list for a year-and-a-half, with more than 5,000,000 copies in print worldwide in 40 languages, and has been a best seller in many countries. Apart from his books on emotional intelligence, Goleman has written books on topics including self-deception, creativity, transparency, meditation, social and emotional learning, eco-literacy, and the ecological crisis.
Monona Terrace Convention Center, Madison WI, United States