Thursday, February 15, 2018 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Mindful meditation is, for many, an essential component of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. It has also been shown to bring health-related benefits, such as combating stress, high blood pressure, even boosting the immune system and mitigating depression. Not surprisingly, huge numbers of Americans are now practitioners and devotees of meditation mindfulness.
In support of the Asia Society’s “Buddhism and Beyond” season, the Asia Society brings to its stage two individuals supremely qualified to speak about mindful meditation, and its growing popularity in this country. Dr. Thupten Jinpa is one of the world’s most highly respected scholars of Tibetan Buddhism, who has served as the long-time English translator for the writings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He is a widely-read author, philosopher, a former monk, and self-professed “student of consciousness”. Dan Harris is an ABC News Anchor and Correspondent and author of the critically acclaimed book 10% Happier which tells the story of his own personal journey from high anxiety to a life enriched by mindful meditation. Harris suffered a panic attack on national television, and while he says he was “a lifelong non-believer” in the power of meditation, he knew he needed to make changes in his life. His journey took him to a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists before realizing that his troubles could be traced to what he had considered his greatest asset: the incessant voice in his head, which had helped him in the world of television news, but hurt him in other ways. Today Harris is a practitioner, author, podcast producer, and vocal proponent of the powers of mindful meditation.