Conference Program

Schedule At A Glance (pdf here)
 
 
Program Guide (pdf here)
 
 
General Information

The conference runs Wednesday through Saturday, June 3-6, 2015, with an optional day visit on Sunday to Green Gulch Zen Center. Onsite registration begins Wednesday June 3rd at 1pm in the Seven Hills Conference Center at San Francisco State University. In an effort to build community, and for your convenience, breakfast, lunch and an afternoon break will be provided on-site Thursday through Saturday (included in registration fee).

As the goal of the conference is to foster a richer dialogue between neuroscience and the humanities, research and practice, each morning begins with our Perspective Keynotes, two speakers respectively representing the neurosciences and the humanities. This is followed by a Dialogues panel of 6 individuals from diverse domains commenting on the speakers thoughts. The day concludes with a Practice Keynote (slight variation in Saturday schedule). On Thursday and Friday over 120 international researchers and practitioners share insights in Concurrent Presentations and a Poster Session. The conference will conclude with a final Dialogues reflection including the views of two anthropologists who will be observing the entire proceedings.

 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Registration begins at 1pm 
5:00pm-7:30pm
At 5pm the conference begins with a welcome by SFSU President Leslie Wong and a reading by poet Jane Hirschfield. The opening keynote address will be given by Josephine Briggs, MD, Director of the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). The evening concludes with an informal reception from 6:15-7:30pm with light hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Registration 7:30-10:30, Meditation 8:00, Breakfast 8:30, Lunch Noon.

Perspective Keynotes begin at 9am with Willoughby Britton, Brown University, The Promises and Perils of Mixing Buddhism and Western Psychiatry; and 10am, Geoffrey Samuels, Cardiff University, Mindfulness Within the Full Range of Buddhist and Asian Meditative Practices. Dialogues I will include Jake Davis, Brown University; Henk Barendregt, Radboud University; David Brazier, Instituto Terapia Zen Internacional; Shaila Catherine, Insight Meditation South Bay; Fabio Giommi, NOUS- School of Psychotherapy; Mushim Ikeda, East Bay Meditation Center. Lunch, noon to 1pm.

1pm-3:15pm
Concurrent Presentations – Thursday and Friday, 120 papers on current research and practice, along with featured speakers.

3:15pm-6:30pm
Beginning with an afternoon break we reconvene for a panel presentation entitled Perspectives on Compassion with Eijun Linda Cutts, Abbess of the San Francisco Zen Center, Erika Rosenburg, UC Davis, and Shauna Shapiro, Santa Clara University. The evening concludes with a Practice Keynote by Venerable Ajahn Amaro, Abbot of the Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, speaking on Ethics in Mindfulness — What is Gained and Lost?

 

 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Registration 7:30-10:30, Meditation 8:00, Breakfast 8:30, Lunch Noon.

Perspective Keynotes begin at 9am with David Vago, Mapping Modalities of Mindful Awareness: Neural Substrates and Phenomenal Clarity, Concentration, and Tranquility; and 10am, David McMahan, Franklin & Marshall College, Mindfulness as Self-cultivation in Ancient and Modern Contexts. Dialogues II will include Steven Stanley, Cardiff University; Scott Mitchell, Institute of Buddhist Studies; Lisa Dale Miller, Private Practice; Antonino Raffone, Sapienza University; Dario Girolami, Centro Zen L’Arco of Rome; Tom Yarnall, Columbia University.

1pm-4:45pm
Concurrent Presentations – Thursday and Friday, 120 papers on current research and practice, along with featured speakers.

4:45pm-6:30pm
Beginning with an afternoon break and a Poster Session we reconvene for a Practice Keynote by Gregory Kramer, Insight Dialogue, Relational Meditation and Relational Dhamma.

 

 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Registration 7:30-10:30, Meditation 8:00, Breakfast 8:30, Lunch Noon.

Perspective Keynotes begin at 9am with Clifford Saron, UC Davis, Minding Mindfulness: Findings, Models, and Issues in the Scientific Investigation of Contemplative Practice; and 10am, Robert Thurman, Columbia University, Ethical, Psychological, and Intellectual Development: Context of Mindfulness. The morning talks will be followed by poetry and practice led by Zen author Gary Gach, with lunch at 11:30am.

12:30-3:30pm
Practice Keynote at 12:30 with Matthieu Ricard entitled, Altruism: The Power Of Compassion To Change Yourself And The World. The event will conclude with a final Dialogues III discussion including Jack Petranker, Mangalam Research Center; Stephen Ezeji-Okoye, VA Palo Alto Health Care System; Ajahn Amaro, Abbot Amaravati Buddhist Monastery; Ayya Santussika, Karuna Buddhist Vihara; and our two anthropologists Linda Heuman, Brown University and Laura Mamo, San Francisco State University. The conference concludes with a closing event from 2:30-3:00pm. Authors will be available for questions and book signing following.

 

Sunday, June 7, 2015
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Post-Conference Tour of Green Gulch Farm Zen Center
Visit the beautiful Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in Marin County. Participants may attend a Dharma talk and discussion, visit the farmers market, partake in an organic vegetarian lunch, tour the organic garden and grounds, walk to the ocean, or hike in the hills to see the spectacular view. Space is limited. Please see the Green Gulch Zen Center page and the Registration page for more details.