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Working Group on Religion and Cognitive Science

May 7, 2009
10:00 amto12:00 pm

GTU/UCB Working Group on Religion and Cognitive Science Presents a Panel Discussion:
Lucid Dreaming, Religion, and Cognitive Science

Thursday, May 7, 2009
10:00am – 12:00 pm
Jodo Shinshu Center (2140 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704)

This event will explore the phenomenon of lucid dreaming (being conscious within the dream state) from both scientific and comparative religious perspectives. People have reported lucid dreams throughout history, often in religious contexts, and yet modern science is just beginning to investigate this unusual aspect of mind-brain activity.

Ryan Hurd, a graduate of John F. Kennedy’s program in Dream Studies, will provide an overview of the history of lucid dreaming, including spiritual dimensions and contemporary controversies. Eleanor Rosch, professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, will share thoughts about lucid dreaming from the view of cognitive science, particularly in relation to research on meditation and other contemplative practices. Kelly Bulkeley, visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union, will talk about the various roles of lucid dreaming in the world’s religious traditions and their significance for current scientific models of brain-based consciousness.

Buddhist Chaplaincy Program Open House & Orientation

May 23, 2009
9:00 amto2:30 pm

Please join us for an Open House and an Orientation for the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program. Meet our faculty and learn more about the
chaplaincy program.

This event is free and open to the public. Click here to register.

Learn more about our Chaplaincy Program and other
Degree Programs and opportunities at the
Institute of Buddhist Studies.

Tentative Schedule:
9:00 am Doors Open & Registration
9:30 am What is Buddhist Chaplaincy?
1) IBS/GTU Overall Program Presentation
2) IBS & Buddhist Chaplaincy Program Presentation
3) IBS Partner Programs Presentation [Sati Center & NYCCC]
11:00 am Coffee Break
11:15 am Voice from the Field of Buddhist Chaplaincy: Military Chaplain
11:45 am Q&A / Free Discussion
12:15 pm Lunch & Building Tour
1:00 pm Buddhism Lecture by Prof. Lisa Grumbach (IBS Faculty)
2:00 pm Adjourn

Vesak Celebration: Steps Along the Way

May 30, 2009
3:00 pmto6:00 pm

The Buddhist Council of Northern California presents its annual Vesak Celebration at the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, Saturday, May 30, 2009

Vesak Celebration: Steps Along the Way will feature an address by Professor Martin Verhgoeven of the Graduate Theological Union and the participation of Buddhists from many traditions.

Co-chairpersons for this sacred Buddhists holiday celebration are: Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Venerable Madawala Seelawimnala, IBS Adjunct Professor; and the Venerable Heng Sure, Head Master of the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery.

The gathering is opened to the public for this celebration commemorating the life of the historical Shakamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

This event will be hosted at
The Berkeley Buddhist Monastery
2304 McKinley Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703

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