7:30pm to 9:30pm, Tuesday, October 21, 2014
In the McFarlin Chapel at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 2 Westford Street, Chelmsford
Modern science is finally beginning to offer insight into the contemporary and Buddhist practice of mindfulness meditation. As we train our minds to enter states of emotional and attentional stability, new neural connections are formed and our “mental muscles” become strengthened. David Vago, Ph.D., a contemplative neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a meditation practitioner himself, will offer an introduction to the biology behind the meditative experience and share reflections from his unique perspective at the meeting point of science and spirituality. While a portion of this evening will invite audience participation, no previous meditation experience is required.
Dr. Vago is Associate Psychologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has also held the position of Senior Research Coordinator for the Mind & Life Institute. His research interests include clarifying adaptive mind-brain-body interactions and their therapeutic relevance in psychiatric disorders. In this context, he has specifically focused on mindfulness-based interventions in clinical settings, and the functional mechanisms of mindfulness-based practices. Dr. Vago is an avid practitioner of Hatha Yoga as well as Vipassana and Dzogchen meditation.
Cost for this event is $17 per person in advance or $25 per person at the door. Please send advance payment for the “Vago Lecture” via PayPal “friends or family” to tlittle [at] designingminds [dot] com. Separate donations to support First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Chelmsford will be welcome at the door.
For additional information please contact Tim Little: grommit_2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com