THE NATURE OF MIND

The mind is your most valuable asset and our most dangerous possession. It can be amazingly creative or terrifyingly destructive. Every experience we have, or could possibly have, is mediated through the mind. The health of our mind is the health of our life. From a Buddhist point of view our greatest danger is not realising the potential of our mind, and not finding ways of living out that potential.

Over a period of 6 month’s The Triratna Buddhist Community from Adhisthana Retreat Centre in the UK is presenting a season of online events featuring prominent psychologists, neuroscientists, and meditators; including interactive seminars, meditation masterclasses, and retreats. Each month, we will release conversations with prominent thinkers on the nature of mind and reflect upon their ideas with a seminar. This will be followed by a week of meditation guidance, applying what we’ve learnt to our own mind.

The online content is freely available. Please scroll down the page and click on the various registration links for events of interest. You must register yourself, Triratna Barcelona cannot register you on these online events.

From the 26th of February we are offering a face to face class each Saturday from 11:00 to 13:00 in Centro Budista Triratna de Barcelona to explore material from the online seminars and meditate together.

If you are intested in attending please click here join the WhatsApp Group for the class and find out more details. There are few Saturday’s over the next few months where we can’t do the class due to retreat commitments. We will keep those interested in attending informed through the WhatsApp Group.

 

IAN McGILCHRIST

Iain is a former Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, an associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Consultant Emeritus of the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital, London, a former research Fellow in Neuroimaging at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Baltimore, and a former Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Stellenbosch. He now lives on the Isle of Skye, off the coast of North West Scotland, where he continues to write, and lectures worldwide.

NATURE OF MIND ONLINE SEMINAR FOUR PATHS TO TRUTH

4th Feb 2022, 20:00-21:30 (Spanish Time)

Led by Jnanavaca & Maitreyabandhu

‘There are, it seems to me, four main pathways to the truth: science, reason, intuition, and imagination. I also believe strongly that any world view that tries to get by without paying due respect to all four of these is bound to fail’

A chance to explore Iain McGilchrist’s work in more depth. This interactive zoom seminar will focus on the main areas of Iain McGilchrist’s thought, including a short presentation by Jnanavaca, clips of their YouTube conversation, Q&As, and breakout rooms.

Iain McGilchrist, author of the critically acclaimed work, The Master and His Emissary and The Matter With Things, explores the implications of our divided brain, with profound consequences for how we experience our life and each other.

“We only know matter because of consciousness. It is highly unlikely that we only know consciousness because of matter.” 

MEDITATION MASTERCLASS | EMBODIED MIND

Mornings 7 to 11 Feb 2022, 08:00-9:30 (Spanish Time)

Led by Maitreyabandhu

Every word, in and of itself, eventually has to lead us out of the web of language, to the lived world, ultimately to something that can only be pointed to, something that relates to our embodied existence.’ Iain McGilchrist

Maitreyabandhu lives and works at the London Buddhist Centre and was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1990. He has written three books on Buddhism, including Life With Full Attention and three poetry collections with Bloodaxe Books. In 2004 he co-founded Breathing Space, London Buddhist Centre’s wellbeing programme.

Dr. PENNY SARTORI

Penny worked as a nurse in a British hospital for 21 years, 17 of those being in Intensive Care. She is highly experienced and skilled in her role as an intensive care staff nurse; and has conducted unique and extensive research into the near-death experiences (NDEs) of her patients. In 2005 she was awarded a PhD for her research into NDEs.

Dr Sartori’s work has received worldwide attention and media coverage.

NATURE OF MIND ONLINE SEMINAR | THE WISDOM OF NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE

4 March 2022, 20:00-21:30 (Spanish Time)

Led by Maitreyabandhu

‘Near death experiences have previously been considered unworthy of science but, now that these experiences are being seriously acknowledged and are a valid area for scientific study, it seems that we are on the threshold of expanding our current knowledge about the meaning of life and death.‘

A chance to explore Penny Sartori’s work in more depth. This interactive zoom seminar will focus on the main areas of her study in NEDs, including a short presentation by Maitreyabandhu, clips of their YouTube conversation, Q&As, and breakout rooms.

‘With our current technology and consumerist, materialist way of life, we have forgotten the most important thing – how to live.’

MEDITATION MASTERCLASS | THE WISDOM OF IMPERMANENCE

Mornings 7 to 11 March 2022, 08:00-9:30 (Spanish Time)

Led by Sona

Our mechanistic and materialistic default positions have contaminated our ways of dealing with death’ – Penny Sartori

Sona was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1974. He has served as Chair of Padmaloka Men’s Buddhist Retreat Centre, and helped establish the Stockholm Buddhist Centre. In 2003 he co-founded Breathworks, an international mindfulness organization known for developing mindfulness-based pain management.

BERNARDO KASTRUP

Bernardo Kastrup’s work has been leading the modern renaissance of metaphysical idealism, the notion that reality is essentially mental. As a scientist, Bernardo has worked for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Philips Research Laboratories. His books include Dreamed up Reality and Why Materialism is Baloney.

 

ONLINE NATURE OF MIND SEMINAR | MIND, MATTER, METAPHYSICS

25th March 2022, 20:00-21:30 (Spanish Time)

Led by Viryadeva

‘We live under the illusion that we all share the exact same world because our language has evolved to pick out precisely the few aspects of our experiences that are common and shared, while ignoring those that are completely personal and idiosyncratic.’

A chance to explore Bernardo Lastrup’s work in more depth. This interactive zoom seminar will focus on the main areas of his thought, including a short presentation by Viryadeva, clips of their YouTube conversation, Q&As, and breakout rooms.

Bernardo Kastrup’s work has been leading the modern renaissance of metaphysical idealism, the notion that reality is essentially mental. As a scientist, Bernardo has worked for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Philips Research Laboratories. His books include Dreamed up Reality and Why Materialism is Baloney.

‘We live under the illusion that we all share the exact same world because our language has evolved to pick out precisely the few aspects of our experiences that are common and shared, while ignoring those that are completely personal and idiosyncratic.’

MEDITATION MASTERCLASS | THIS UNFOLDING MYSTERY

Mornings 28 Mar to 1 Apr, 08:00-9:30 (Spanish Time)

Led by Vidyamala

A tremendous mystery unfolds in front of our senses every waking hour of our lives; a mystery more profound, more tantalizing, more penetrating and urgent than any novel or thriller. This unfolding mystery is nature’s challenge to us. Are we paying enough attention to it?’ Bernardo Kastrup

Vidyamala is co-founder of Breathworks. The British Pain Society has recognized her ‘outstanding contribution to the alleviation of pain.’ She has been named on the Shaw Trust Power 100 list of the most influential disabled people in the UK three times. Her book Mindfulness for Health won the British Medical Association’s 2014 Medical Books Award.

MORE EVENTS TO FOLLOW! 

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