November 17, 2011


Mindful Awareness: Ancient Practice, Modern Science

The practice of mindfulness goes back centuries, yet science is only just beginning to unravel the many ways mindful awareness can change the body and brain for the better. From boosting the immune system to increasing empathy to reducing pain in medical settings, yoga, meditation and art can improve health and well-being and change lives.

Join us for a fascinating exploration into the cutting-edge research at UCLA and elsewhere that is proving the power of meditation, and experience guided exercises to help you reduce stress and be more present in life and aware of your physical body.


Diana Winston

Diana Winston

Director of Mindfulness Education
UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center

Diana Winston spent a year as a Buddhist nun in Burma and has been teaching mindfulness since 1993. She is co-author of Fully Present:
The Science, Art and Practice of Mindfulness (2010) and author of Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens (2003). She has brought mindful awareness into schools, hospitals and other organizations and serves on the teacher’s council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California.

Diana Winston

Marvin Belzer, Ph.D.

Associate Director
UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center

For more than 15 years, Marvin Belzer has taught mindfulness meditation. For many years he taught a semester-long meditation course in Bowling Green State University’s philosophy department, where he was a professor of philosophy. He and Diana Winston were instrumental in developing week-long mindfulness retreats for teens in the 1990s.

The UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, part of the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, fosters mindful awareness across the lifespan through education and research to promote well-being and a more compassionate society.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

4:00 p.m. Program.

5:00 p.m. Reception.



Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Dr. S. Jerome and Judith D. Tamkin Auditorium

Directions to Lot 1 (via Gayley Avenue):
From 405 Freeway, exit at Wilshire Boulevard and proceed east to Gayley Avenue. Turn left (north) on Gayley. Just north of the intersection with Le Conte Avenue, turn right into Lot 1/MP. Proceed up ramp, marked “Staff Entrance.” Parking may be purchased from an attendant for $11 at parking lot entrance. Exit the structure and look for Women & Philanthropy signage, which will lead you to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Follow signs to Dr. S. Jerome and Judith D. Tamkin Auditorium, on lower level.


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