Classical Mindfulness Conference

A conference on classical mindfulness, its relevance to modern therapy, and its clinical and research potential.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
314 Royce Hall

Classical Mindfulness: Enhancing Modern Mindfulness-Based Therapies


The Buddhist canonical teachings on mindfulness are attracting growing interest for their promise in building upon the clinical and research foundation laid by Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) therapy. These traditional accounts of mindfulness also promise to bring greater clarity to the role of mindfulness in mental cultivation, amidst the current “confusing” versions and practices.


This conference is an attempt to introduction classical mindfulness, its relevance to modern therapy, and clinical and research potential. Four renowned scholars and researchers in this field will be presenting papers, followed by discussion. Though classical mindfulness training entails both sustained attention (samatha) and insight (vipassana), this conference will focus primarily on sustained attention.


1:00                Welcome and Opening Remarks by Robert Buswell, PhD

(UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and the Center for Buddhist Studies)


1:10-1:55       B. Alan Wallace, PhD (Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies),

                        The Role of Samatha in Traditional Buddhist Practice

1:55-2:40       Clifford D. Saron, PhD (Center for Mind and Brain and MIND Institute at the

                        University of California, Davis),

                        Training the Mind, Opening the Heart: Findings from the Longitudinal

                        Study of Intensive Samatha Meditation


3:00-3:45       Wendy Hasenkamp, PhD (Mind & Life Institute)

Investigating Mind Wandering and Attention during Focused Meditation


3:45-4:30       Lobsang Rapgay, PhD (UCLA Department of Psychiatry),

                        A Review of MBSR and a Discussion on the Relevance of Classical



4:30-5:00       Open Q&A (there will also be a brief Q&A session after each presentation)


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Cost : Free and open to the public

UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies310-825-2089

Sponsor(s): , Asian Languages & Cultures

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