Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sisters of Ladakh

"SISTERS OF LADAKH is an inquiry into the feminine vision of Buddhism. Filmed on location in Ladakh, on the Himalayan border between India and Tibet, this one hour documentary features stunning photography and compelling testimonies of Tibetan nuns."

A Nomad's Life

A young Tibetan family questions whether their nomadic traditions can survive against the challenges of a rapidly modernizing world.

Mystical Brain

"Is it possible to shed light on the states of grace experienced by mystics and meditators? In MYSTICAL BRAIN, the documentary filmmaker Isabelle Raynauld shows us the most recent discoveries of scientific research on this phenomenon."

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Stephen Bachelor

Thirty minute documentary on Stephen’s work - watch it here.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Pema Chodron

Bill Moyers on Faith and Reason With Pema Chödrön

This is a 55 minute interview which has been split into 6 segments.

Watch here.

Cognitive Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation

From Google Tech Talks

ABSTRACT: Mindfulness meditation, one type of meditation technique, has been shown to enhance emotional awareness and psychological flexibility as well as induce well-being and emotional balance. Scientists have also begun to examine how
meditation may influence brain functions. This talk will examine the effect of mindfulness meditation practice on the brain systems in which psychological functions such as attention, emotional reactivity, emotion regulation, and self-view are instantiated. We will also discuss how different forms of meditation practices are being studied using neuroscientific technologies and are being integrated into clinical practice to address symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.

Speaker: Philippe Goldin
Philippe is a research scientist and heads the Clinically Applied Affective Neuroscience group in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. He spent 6 years in India and Nepal studying various languages, Buddhist philosophy and debate at Namgyal Monastery and the Dialectic Monastic Institute, and serving as an interpreter for various Tibetan Buddhist lamas. He then returned to the U.S. to complete a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University. His NIH-funded clinical research focuses on (a) functional neuroimaging investigations of cognitive-affective mechanisms in adults with anxiety disorders, (b)comparing the effects of mindfulness meditation and cognitive-behavioral therapy on brain-behavior correlates of emotional reactivity and regulation, and (c) training children in family and elementary school settings in mindfulness skills to reduce anxiety and enhance compassion, self-esteem and quality of family interactions.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Mind Science

Scientists, with the help of Buddhist monks and the Dalai Lama, are unlocking mysteries of the brain. Dan rather reports.