Dr Bruno Cayoun
Saturday 9 February 2019
9:00am - 5:00pm
Students $140, Non-Students $190. A light lunch will be provided at the venue.
The Grand Ballroom at The Grand Millennium Auckland, 71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland, 1010 Auckland, New Zealand
Organiser: International Conference on Mindfulness Asia Pacific 2019. The conference organising committee consists of a team of individuals from Auckland University of Technology (AUT), the University of Auckland (UoA) and Victoria University of Wellington (Vic).
In this one-day retreat, we will practice the cultivation of mindfulness, as taught in the ancient teaching of Vipassana meditation. The retreat will include intermittent group dialogue grounded in our first-person experience.
We will look at the differences between the relaxing effects of sustained attention and the transformative effects of traditionally-taught mindfulness meditation. We will discuss and experience first-hand how our perception of what arises during practice is conditioned by our history, and how skilful practice of mindfulness can rapidly neutralise the unhelpful emotional content of our emerging memories.
We will discuss how the experience of our sense of self can be altered by accurate practice and how this can promote more flexibility in our way of thinking and responding to challenging situations. In sitting meditation, we will practice mindfulness of breath, basic and advanced body-scanning methods, and loving-kindness meditation.
We will also practice mindful walking and interpersonal mindfulness. We will apply unbiased attention and equanimity, even with unpleasant thoughts and emotions, which will guide a discussion on dealing with what has been perceived as aversive “side-effects of mindfulness”.
Time permitting, we will also discuss the clinical implications and potential benefits of these contemplative practices, as well as their beneficial effects on well-being for people seeking to enhance their quality of life and personal growth.
This experiential workshop is designed for both regular practitioners and people new to mindfulness.