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Neurobiology of Meditation:

October 14, 2016 - October 16, 2016
9.00am to 5.00pm
201 Tibet Drive, Danby Road, Route 96B, Ithaca, NY 14850
Deana Boadnar PhD in Neurobiology.
For Registration call – 607-229-9641 or email- office@namgyal.org

Topic: Neurobiology of Meditation:

Weekend Intensive Retreat with Deana Bodnar, PhD.

During the past three decades there has been considerable research on the on the health and mental health benefits of meditation practices. Also there has been a significant amount of research on how different types of meditation affect different brain structures and connections. This weekend intensive will provide participants with a practical understanding of the neural structure and processes and how these relate to changes that can occur in the brain with meditation practice. We will review the basic of neurobiology such as neuron function and coding, communication between neurons and the processes that underlie changes in neural connections. We will also then examine the brain structures and circuits related to various types of experience including attention, emotions, memory and social relationship and relate these to different types of meditation. Below is a general outline and schedule for topics to be covered during the weekend.

Friday – October 14th,  7.00 PM to 8.30PM = Evening Lecture – Every one is welcome it is Free and Open to the Public.  Topic: We Overview of the health and mental health benefits of meditations

Saturday AM Session 1: Overview of basic neurobiology: neuron structure, neural coding, synaptic transmission and neuroplasticity, functional areas of the brain.

Saturday AM Session 2: Neural structures and processes related to attention and the development of single-pointed concentration (shamata)

Saturday PM Session 1: Neural structures and processes related to the regulation of negative emotions and the use of mind training practices

Saturday PM Session 2: Neural structures and processes related to positive emotions and the development of the four immeasurables: loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity


Sunday AM Session 1: Neural structures and processes related to empathy and the practice of exchanging self-other meditation

Sunday PM Session 2: Neural structures and process related to an individual’s sense of “self” and the practice of analytical meditations on emptiness of an inherently existing self


Deana Bodnar is a former researcher in neuroscience with a PhD in Neurobiology from UC Berkeley. During her career in neuroscience her research focused the neural encoding of animal communication signals. In her second career as a social worker, Deana routinely reads research literature on neuroscience and meditation as well as clinical interventions and the neural basis of behaviors related to health, mental health and substance abuse




8.30 – 9.00 AM Simple Breakfast

9.00 – 10.15 Morning 1stSession

10.15 – 10.30 Tea Break

10.30 – 12.00 Morning 2nd Session

12.00 – 2.00PM Lunch

2.00 – 3.15PM Tea Break

3.15 – 3.30 Tea Break

3.30 – 5.00PM

8.30 – 9.00AM Simple Break Fast

9.00 – 10.15 Morning Session

10.15 – 10.30 Tea Break

10.30 – 12.00 Conclusion Session.



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