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April 11th 2020: The Neuroscience of Lovingkindness: Your voice matters! Ma...

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The Neuroscience of Lovingkindness

Your voice matters! Mapping the lived experiences of lovingkindness practice at EBMC

with Mushim Ikeda & Dr. Helen Weng

East Bay Meditation Center

285 17th Street, Oakland

Saturday, April 11th 1PM - 3PM, Lunch Provided at 12:30PM

Come learn about the neuroscience of lovingkindness meditation, and how UCSF is partnering with EBMC to study how lovingkindness is practiced by diverse practitioners. Tell us about your lovingkindness practice and how it impacts your life. Help us brainstorm questions for focus groups to understand the lived experiences of how lovingkindness is practiced, taught, and embodied at EBMC. Focus groups will be conducted in May-June 2020, and the results will inform a new community-engaged neuroscience study that honors the lived experiences of EBMC practitioners. Featuring a guided lovingkindness meditation with Mushim Ikeda, and practitioners with any experience level are welcome.




EBMC TEACHERS ARE NOT PAID BY THE CENTER. You are invited to offer a voluntary financial gift to them at the class. The East Bay Meditation Center operates using a generosity-based, gift economics model. This means we charge no set registration fees to attend our events and instead rely on the generous giving of our community. All classes at the Center do come with a financial cost. Class participants are offered an opportunity to make a voluntary gift to EBMC during the registration process or at an event itself. Please note that no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you would like to explore any EBMC volunteer positions, please send an email expressing your interest to admin@eastbaymeditation.org.

In order to protect the health of community members with environmental illness, please do not wear fragranced products (including natural fragrances) or clothes laundered in fragranced products to EBMC.

East Bay Meditation Center strives to be as accessible as possible. For the safety of our teachers, staff, volunteers and participants, we cannot provide assistance for personal needs such as transferring into and out of chairs, walking, eating, or using the restroom. If you require such assistance, you must bring a personal care assistant with you when you come to any event at EBMC.




Teacher Bios:

Helen Weng, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. She is a neuroscientist and clinical psychologist who studies the neuroscience of compassion and mindfulness meditation. She has adapted research methods to honor diverse meditators by using community engagement with EBMC to make neuroscience studies more inclusive, and using individualized machine learning approaches with brain data to understand brain states that occur during meditation. She has presented work to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and was named one of the “12 Powerful Women in the Mindfulness Movement” by mindful.org.


Mushim Patricia Ikeda is an internationally known mindfulness meditation teacher, a core teacher at EBMC, and has been a part-time independent contractor for 30 years, as a proofreader of Buddhist books, and a diversity, equity and inclusion consultant. She was bookkeeper and financial manager for Zen Buddhist Temple-Ann Arbor in Michigan 1983-1985, and has trained women in simple double-entry bookkeeping and personal financial record-keeping as tools of empowerment.



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