Join TEDx University of Pittsburgh for our first ever Salon. New this year, Salons will be a series of events meant to foster conversation around ideas worth spreading. (This event is open only to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh. Please purchase tickets at this link using your @pitt.edu email).
On Sunday, February 4 at 2:00 p.m., Clark Chilson, Associate Professor of Religions Studies, will speak on "Mindfulness of Care in Our Lives: Intro to Naikan Meditation." The quality of our lives is largely dependent on the quality of our thoughts. When we learn to meditate, we learn how to regulate our attention, and hence our thoughts. Mindfulness meditation, which derives from a Buddhist practice and is currently popular in North America, focuses on giving attention non-judgmentally to the present moment. The term “mindfulness,” in “mindfulness meditation” is a translation of sati, a Pali word used in Buddhist texts to connote “holding in mind” and which literally means “memory.” In meditation we can “hold in mind,” or be mindful of not just the present moment, but memories as well. A form of meditation that focuses on memory is Naikan, which originated in Buddhism in Japan. Naikan entails remembering the care we have received, how we have cared for others, and how we at times have been less than caring. Like mindfulness in North America, Naikan has been used in Japan as both a meditative practice for self-cultivation and as a psychotherapeutic intervention. This talk introduces Naikan, how to practice it, and how it works to enhance psychological well-being.