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Introduction to Cultivating Emotional Balance
With Dr. Eve Ekman and Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi
Cultivating Emotional Balance is a training which arose from a dialogue between biobehavioral scientists studying emotion and the Dalai Lama, Buddhist monks, and scholars at the Mind and Life Institute in Dharamsala, India in March of 2000. At this meeting, the Dalai Lama asked scientists to research to usefulness of contemplative Buddhist practices for dealing with “destructive” emotional experiences. In response to this request, Dr. Paul Ekman and Dr. B. Alan Wallace, developed a training program, Cultivating Emotional Balance, that integrated Buddhist contemplative practices with modern psychological techniques for dealing with negative emotional experiences. The purpose of this educational training is to reduce emotional responses that are destructive to self and others and enhance compassion and empathy.
This training utilizes the experience of emotion as a path for developing the happiness of being for ourselves and in relationship to others. By integrating the wisdom traditions of modern psychology, current emotion research, and contemplative practices, CEB provides a secular platform for transformation.
In this daylong introduction to CEB training we will discuss the meaning of happiness and the practices that lead to its cultivation, the role of emotions in our own lives and in our relationships with others. We will look at the definition of emotions and spend time in small groups analyzing our emotional experiences and engaging in dyadic reflection and discussion.
With the tools of CEB, we can draw upon our human capacity to wisely and compassionately actualize individual and collective well-being through bringing awareness to our emotional lives. In these challenging times, the development of methods for “cultivating emotional balance” and promoting compassion for others is a tremendously important scientific and humanitarian goal. By integrating wisdom derived from two very different traditions, the Cultivating Emotional Balance training contributes to this important goal.
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About the Instructors
Dr. Eve Ekman, MSW, PhD Eve Ekman is the Director of Training at the University of California Berkeley Greater Good Science Center. She worked for years as a social worker in health care, criminal justice, and social welfare systems, which inspired her to earn her master’s and Ph.D. at UC Berkeley and complete her postdoctoral training at UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Her research has focused on helping professional care providers prevent burnout by giving them easier access to practices of attention, insight, and resilience. Building on her research, she developed trainings to address burnout in national and international organizations and has delivered keynotes and workshops for a wide range of companies. Eve is a second-generation emotion researcher who has had meaningful collaborations with her father, renowned emotion researcher Dr. Paul Ekman, including on The Atlas of Emotions, an online visual tool commissioned by the Dalai Lama to teach emotional awareness, and Cultivating Emotional Balance.
Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi first became interested in meditation and Buddhism after reading Be Here Now and early translations of Buddhist sutras in the early 1970s, and then in early 1991 she became a student of Tibetan Buddhism. From 1992 to 2000, Venerable Tenzin was director of Vajrapani Institute, co-director the FPMT International Office, and coordinator of FPMT Center Services. She also completed several long meditation retreats over a six-year period.
Venerable Tenzin took novice ordination in 2004 with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 2006 she became a touring teacher in the FPMT, and began teaching in prisons on behalf of the Liberation Prison Project.
Venerable Tenzin is authorized by the FPMT to teach at both the foundational and in-depth levels, and is also a teacher of Cultivating Emotional Balance.
|Date(s):||Sat, Feb 1, 10:00-4:30|
|Times:||10:00 am - 4:30 pm|
|Instructor/Leader:||Dr. Eve Ekman, Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi|
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|Number of sessions:||1|
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