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Theme: Mindfulness of Care in Our Lives: Intro to Naikan Meditation

This event occurred on
February 4, 2018
2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States

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Tickets: (This event is open only to students at the University of Pittsburgh. You must bring your Pitt ID).


Clark Chilson is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh

About the Talk:

The quality of our lives is largely dependent on the quality of our thoughts. When we learn to meditate, we learn how to regulate our attention, and hence our thoughts. Mindfulness meditation, which derives from a Buddhist practice and is currently popular in North America, focuses on giving attention non-judgmentally to the present moment. The term “mindfulness,” in “mindfulness meditation” is a translation of sati, a Pali word used in Buddhist texts to connote “holding in mind” and which literally means “memory.” In meditation we can “hold in mind,” or be mindful of not just the present moment, but memories as well. A form of meditation that focuses on memory is Naikan, which originated in Buddhism in Japan. Naikan entails remembering the care we have received, how we have cared for others, and how we at times have been less than caring. Like mindfulness in North America, Naikan has been used in Japan as both a meditative practice for self-cultivation and as a psychotherapeutic intervention. This talk introduces Naikan, how to practice it, and how it works to enhance psychological well-being.

Two Activities for Engaging the Audience:

The first will be Naikan-inspired calculation exercises on the care we have received from and given to our parents. Doing these self-reflective exercises can give us new insights into our relationship with our parents and the care in our lives.

The second will be Naikan meditative exercises. For these, attendees will learn how to use Naikan’s three questions to self reflect. Attendees will be led in a guided Naikan meditation exercise on a friend and another person of their choice.

William Pitt Union
3959 Fifth Ave
Dining Room B
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15213
United States
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