A Masterclass with Willem Kuyken and Christina Feldman - Mindfulness: Ancie...

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“What does it mean to be happy and to live a good life?” “How can we live a life that is free from suffering, in ways that support our well-being, the well-being of those around us and the wider world?” As more people live longer, in better health with greater economic security, these have become pressing questions for our contemporary world. They have been a driving force for the development of mindfulness-based programs in the last forty years.

This masterclass steps back to take an overview of the exponentially growing field of mindfulness and its applications. It suggests that when ancient wisdom and modern psychology come together they are no longer a set of ideas or practices but an illumination that guides us to be more present in our lives, with ourselves and with others, with clarity, kindness and ease.

The masterclass starts by “unpacking” mindfulness, distilling its myriad meanings and offering a coherent and practical definition. It then sets out both a map and route plan for anyone learning or teaching mindfulness. It draws on the mutuality and dialogue between Buddhist and modern psychology to help us better understand the nature of distress so that we can bring suffering to an end. More than this, it considers how people can flourish in the midst of the challenges of the contemporary world. This synthesis of ancient and modern can clarify intentionality, offer an ethical framework and provide a novel perspective on what it means to live an embodied life.

This masterclass is based on the 2019 book Mindfulness. Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology, published by Guilford Press. Jon Kabat-Zinn has described the book as: "A tour de force that elaborates in exquisite detail--yet with utter accessibility and clarity--what mindfulness is and where it comes from, as well as its profound ethical foundation, clinical applications, growing evidence base, and potential for healing. The depth of the case studies alone exemplifies the elemental wisdom inherent to the practice of mindfulness, and how it can be applied in trying and challenging life situations to beneficial effect."

All delegates will receive a hardback copy of the book.

Learning and teaching methods

The masterclass will include teaching, opportunities for question and answer, small group work and mindfulness practice.

Learning outcomes

The masterclass will provide answers to these questions:

    • What is mindfulness?
    • How can Buddhist and modern psychology together help us understand how distress and suffering are created and recreated? How can they help us understand how joy and well-being are created and sustained?
    • How does mindfulness support the path from suffering to flourishing? Is mindfulness a technique or a way of being in the world – or both? How does it enable transformation?
    • What are the important questions around ethics and integrity for mindfulness practitioners, teachers and the wider field? What supports this inquiry?
    • What does it mean to become embodied? What are the challenges and what supports embodiment?

Who is it for?

The masterclass is primarily for anyone teaching mindfulness-based programs. However, it will also be of interest to those who are learning mindfulness who wish to deepen their understanding.

The attendance fee covers the cost of the venue, refreshments, Christina Feldman’s expenses and a copy of the book. It does not include lunch so please bring a sandwich lunch or there are some places to purchase lunch very close by. Any surplus income will be donated to the not-for-profit Oxford Mindfulness Foundation to support enhancing the accessibility of mindfulness-based interventions



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