SHU is hosting a Mindfulness in the Community Conference on 21st July organised by the Centre for Mindful Life Enhancement.
We are fortunate to have Stephen Batchelor, the internationally renown Buddhist teacher and scholar, who will speak about Secular Buddhism and its convergence with the secular mindfulness movement in a presentation entitled “Secular Dharma: From Truths to Tasks”.
Rather than basing itself on the classical Buddhist doctrine of the four noble truths, the approach of Secular Dharma is based on a radical re-reading of these truths as a set of interconnected tasks to be performed. This is summed up in the acronym ELSA: Embrace life, Let go of reactivity, See the stopping of reactivity, and Actualise a path. In providing a philosophical and ethical framework for the practice of mindfulness, ELSA moves us away from Buddhism as a set of religious beliefs and allows us to reconsider the dharma as the foundation for a secular culture of awakening.
Stephen Batchelor trained as a monk for ten years in traditional Buddhist communities and now presents a secular approach to Buddhist practice. The author of the bestselling Buddhism without Beliefs, his most recent book is Secular Buddhism: Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World (Yale University Press). He is a founding member of the Bodhi College and lives near Bordeaux, France.
Mark Swales, Director of Facilities and Estates at Sheffield Hallam University will speak on Integrating Mindfulness into the Workplace. Mark introduced mindfulness based learning enhancement into the department in 2014 and 25 managers have since undertaken the programme. Mark is championing the adoption of mindful practices in other parts of the university working with colleagues in Human Resources as part of the adoption of the Healthy Universities Framework which Mark is leading across the institution.
We will also be joined by Nirmala Ragbir-Day coordinator of the Pastoral and Spiritual Care Department of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. She will talk about the role of mindfulness and other spiritual tools in providing holistic healthcare for patients, families and staff.
There is a £40.00 fee, payable on booking. The price supports the work of the Centre for Mindful Life Enhancement and includes refreshments and an excellent lunch. Book here.