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Some Forthcoming Meetings and Retreats We Find of Interest

APRIL
April 7-9, 2017:
   o Shinzen Young’s “Home Practice Program” (HPP) http://www.basicmindfulness.com (online)
   o Typically every 2nd weekend of the month.
   o Cost: $90

April 15 – May 5, 2017:
   o 20-day “Satipatthana Vipassana” http://www.piandeiciliegi.it/en/retreats/programma-english.html retreat with Ven. Vivekananda and Hannes Huber (Piandeiciliegi, Italy)
   o Estimated cost: $700 ($35/day)

MAY
May 12-14, 2017:
   o Shinzen Young’s “Home Practice Program” (HPP) http://www.basicmindfulness.com (online)
   o Typically every 2nd weekend of the month. Led by facilitators TBD.
   o Cost: $90

May 13-21, 2017:
   o Residential Retreat http://www.shinzen.org/retreat-schedule/ with Shinzen Young at the Tucson Community Meditation Center (Tucson, AZ)
   o (note: estimated cost not listed)

JUNE
June 5-11, 2017:
   o Mind & Life Summer Research Institute (MLSRI 2017) https://www.mindandlife.org/summer-research-institute/ (Garrison, NY)
   o Theme: “Intersubjectivity and Social Connectivity”
   o Estimated cost: $400-$800
   o (note: my estimate is based on the ESRI, I don’t know the fees for MLSRI – it might also depend on “junior/student” or “senior/professional” – in the latter case the ESRI prices were much higher!)

June 9-11, 2017:
   o Shinzen Young’s “Home Practice Program” (HPP) http://www.basicmindfulness.com (online)
   o Typically every 2nd weekend of the month.
   o Cost: $90

June 16-25, 2017:
   o 10-day Intensive Residential Retreat http://www.vsiretreats.org with Shinzen Young at the Mary and Joseph Retreat Center (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)
   o (note: estimated cost not listed)

June 18-23, 2017:
   o Meditation retreat https://www.1440.org/program/the-attention-revolution/ with Alan Wallace (Scotts Valley, CA)
   o Theme: “The Attention Revolution: Getting Mindfulness Right”
   o Cost: $450

June 26 – July 3, 2017 | London, England
   o Level 1 Retreat https://pointingoutway.org/retreats/ with Daniel Brown and Gretchen Nelson
   o Open level course to explore the openness of being and the foundational practices of meditation.
   o Cost: $1200 for the full eight days.

JULY
July-October 2017:
   o Online course https://www.bcbsdharma.org/online-programs/identity-not-self-awakening-program/ by the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
   o Theme: “Identity, Not-Self, Awakening”
   o Cost: $495

July 14-16, 2017:
   o Shinzen Young’s “Home Practice Program” (HPP) http://www.basicmindfulness.com (online)
   o Typically every 2nd weekend of the month.
   o Cost: $90

AUGUST
August 11-13, 2017:
   o Shinzen Young’s “Home Practice Program” (HPP) http://www.basicmindfulness.com (online)
   o Typically every 2nd weekend of the month. Led by facilitators TBD.
   o Cost: $90

August 24-31, 2017:
   o Meditation retreat http://www.alanwallace.org/?q=itinerary with Alan Wallace (Wales, UK)
   o Theme: “The Four Close Applications of Mindfulness”
   o (note: estimated cost not listed)

SEPTEMBER
September 8-10, 2017:
   o Shinzen Young’s “Home Practice Program” (HPP) http://www.basicmindfulness.com (online)
   o Typically every 2nd weekend of the month.
   o Cost: $90

September 26 – October 3, 2017 | Portland, Oregon
   o Level 1 Retreat https://pointingoutway.org/retreats/ with Daniel Brown and Gretchen Nelson
   o Open level course to explore the openness of being and the foundational practices of meditation.
   o Cost: $1200 for the full eight days.

OCTOBER
Oct 7, 2017–Oct 14, 2017 | Weggis, Switzerland
   o Level 2 Retreat https://pointingoutway.org/retreats/ with Daniel Brown and Gretchen Nelson
   o Level 2 is the intensified version of the level 1 course with all students being familiar with the content. Access by invitation of your teacher.

October 13-15, 2017:
   o Shinzen Young’s “Home Practice Program” (HPP) http://www.basicmindfulness.com (online)
   o Typically every 2nd weekend of the month.
   o Cost: $90

October 18-22, 2017:
   o Science and Nonduality Conference https://www.scienceandnonduality.com/conferences/sand17-us/ (SAND 2017) (San José, CA)
   o Theme: “The Emergent Universe”
   o Estimated cost: $400-$600

NOVEMBER
November 5-12, 2017:
   o Residential Retreat http://www.shinzen.org/retreat-schedule/ with Shinzen Young at the Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre, (Niagara Falls, Ontario)
   o (note: estimated cost not listed)

November 17-19, 2017:
   o Shinzen Young’s “Home Practice Program” (HPP) http://www.basicmindfulness.com (online)
   o Typically every 2nd weekend of the month. Led by facilitators TBD.
   o Cost: $90

DECEMBER
December 8-10, 2017:
   o Shinzen Young’s “Home Practice Program” (HPP) http://www.basicmindfulness.com (online)
   o Typically every 2nd weekend of the month.
   o Cost: $90

December 29, 2017 – January 7, 2018:
   o 10-day Intensive Residential Retreat http://www.vsiretreats.org with Shinzen Young at the Mary and Joseph Retreat Center (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)
(note: estimated cost not listed)


YSF News Updates

11/23/16 — Director’s Note
Today we’re launching this revised website. Our old site was ten years old, site tech has evolved, security issues have been pressing in hard, our offices have moved to Oregon, and it was clearly time for a new look. Content-wise, the main changes have been to more clearly distinguish the activities of the Foundation from those of the Yoga Science Project of our Director, to enlarge and categorize the grants we’ve made over this past decade, and to add a new type of project—contract research—with the first being Wolfgang Lukas’ Custom Post-Doc Project.

9/16/16 – Strasbourg Conversations with the Dalai Lama
This day-long series of conversations between leading European contemplative scientists and His Holiness the Dalai Lama was held at one of the oldest and the finest universities in Europe. It was outstanding for the depth of respect and feeling expressed between the presenters and His Holiness. At the same time, His Holiness was given the opportunity to share his thoughts on key issues related to yoga science—perhaps most outstanding in his responses to Wolf Singer (Director Emeritus, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, and founding Director, Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI)) featured in the partial transcript below.

Videos of both 2+hr sessions have been posted on YouTube (Session 1, Session 2) and feature excellent overviews of current cutting-edge research in contemplative science by leaders in our field in Europe. You can read an unedited, partial transcript of Session 1 here.

9/20/16 – Contract with Wolfgang signed — his study project begins. See Projects for details.

3/28/16 – B. Alan Wallace presents the Open Mind Study
“The Open Mind Study, a long-term project to develop a network of centers dedicated to the rigorous, empirical investigation into the nature and potentials of the mind. The Open Mind Study will be a collaboration among a variety of traditions — religious, scientific, and philosophical — designed to explore the inner resources of the mind and the role of consciousness in the natural world.” More on the Open Mind Study can be found by downloading these slides. The Santa Barbara Institute introduced the project in a letter early in the year.

4/16/15 – Work begins on preparing for a “custom post-doc” for Wolfgang.

4/18/14 – Website updated for clarity of language and to bring Projects and Content up to date.
Our two main foci since the last update have been ongoing support for a young physicist-in-training involved in the Large Hadron Collider who wants to make a career transition to something closer to yoga science. One of our Board members suggested we look into an innovative research project at Carnegie Mellon University using mobile apps to both support and monitor meditation training (for details, see Projects).