Free Buddhist Talks
Two free Buddhist talks are being held this Sunday at the Chung Tian Temple – Meeting Room (stage 2)
11:30am – 12:30pm Buddhist talk titled “Mindful Living: from duality to equality”
Mindful living is about living with awareness in the present moment. The mindful living meaning involves taking care of your actions, words, and feelings to ensure that you live a good and present life. It’s about not letting life pass you by while living in reactions and in your head.
Mindfulness is a proven approach to reducing stress, decreasing anxiety, improving focus, and supporting heart health, just to name a few important benefits.
But what many people don’t realize is that living mindfully can enhance our lives in so many other ways. It improves relationships, can boost performance, and can help you feel more engaged at work. It increases resilience and helps you sleep better. It illuminates unconscious bias and strengthens self-control. And it makes you less judgemental and more curious and compassionate—even toward yourself.
It’s not an overstatement to say that mindful living makes you happier.
1:00pm – 2:00pm Buddhist talk titled “Meditation and Neuroscience”
The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. Meditation can help us to overcome stress and find some inner peace and balance.
Meditation’s Effect on the Default Mode Network. In numerous studies, it has been shown that meditation, in as little as 20 minutes, can significantly reduce activity in the DMN and quiet the voice in the mind, allowing meditators to achieve a state of presence and flow.
For thousands of years meditators and spiritual traditions have talked about the importance of living in the present moment, and the misery that is caused by the mind and its untamed, restless thinking. Now, we have scientific research that can back up these claims, and shows that people do in fact experience less happiness when they are at the mercy of their restless mind, and that they can train the mind to quiet the inner voice, and open awareness to the reality of life in the present moment.
Meditation Changes the Brain – While the quieting down of the inner voice and the reduced activity in the DMN are significant brain changes that occur in meditation, they are not at all the only changes that occur in the brain.
Using modern technology like fMRI scans, scientists have developed a more thorough understanding of what’s taking place in our brains when we meditate. The overall difference is that our brains stop processing information as actively as they normally would. We start to show a decrease in beta waves, which indicate that our brains are processing information. This decrease can happen in as little as 20-minutes, even if we’ve never tried meditation before.
Our brain develops and adapts throughout our entire lives. This phenomenon, called neuroplasticity, means that gray matter can thicken or shrink, connections between neurons can be improved, new connections can be created, and old connections can be degraded or even terminated.
It was long believed that once your “child brain” was fully developed, the only thing you could anticipate for the future was a gradual decline in intelligence. Now we know that our everyday behaviors literally change our brains, and it appears that the same mechanisms which allow our brains to learn new languages or sports can help us learn how to be happy and to experience more joy in our daily lives.
The brain is truly a fascinating organ, and the more we understand it, the better we can work with it to shape our lives in a positive way. Meditation is a powerful tool for improving your brain’s health and overall functioning.
- 11:30AM - 12:30PM
- Buddhist talk
- Mindful Living: from duality to equality
- 1:00PM - 2:00PM
- Buddhist talk
- Meditation and Neuroscience