Mindfulness and Depression

Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
10:00am – 2:30pm
Location:  Chua Vietnam Temple
68 Bradeen Street
Roslindale, MA 02131


Thay teaches us to look deeply and embrace unpleasant states of mind. Taking time to look deeply involves asking such questions as: why is it there? why has it come to us now? what are its roots? what is feeding it? what will nourish us, healing this internal state?

Whether or not you have suffered from depression, Saturday’s day of mindfulness will explore 5 practices for taking better care of unpleasant feelings. It draws on the teachings of Thay, the Dalai Lama, and current psychological research that show the benefits of mindfulness based practice, especially for the treatment of recurrent depression. We will also explore the question of why depression has become a worldwide epidemic (the second most common illness after infectious disease). As practitioners, what can we do to prevent depression and heal those around us?

Participants are asked to bring their own vegetarian bag lunch. We will share a mindful lunch together, enjoying one another and the abundance around us.

Frances is a psychologist with 30+ years of clinical experience and is on the teaching faculty at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. She practices with the Tree House Sangha in Bedford, MA and was ordained as a member of the Order of Interbeing in 2002.

Suggested Dana (donation): $20