How do the skills of mindfulness echo with the quiet, fierce attention that shapes art? Former Buddhist Chaplain Matthew Brensilver will lead a day-long meditation sit, punctuated with original performances and art encounters led by poet and performer Mandy Kahn. Join us for a day-long workshop that serves as both meditation retreat and a one-of-a-kind experience of visual and literary arts. Co-sponsored by the Barrick Museum of Art at UNLV.
Please wear comfortable clothes. Feel free to bring whatever will facilitate extended periods of sitting, whether mats or cushions. We encourage you to pack lunch so that you can remain with the community and in repose during the lunch break.
Matthew Brensilver, PhD, is a member of the governing teacher’s council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. For more than a decade, he taught at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He lectures at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center about the intersections between mindfulness and mental health. Before committing to teach meditation full-time, he spent years doing research on addiction pharmacotherapy at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine and is interested in the unfolding dialogue between mindfulness and science.
Mandy Kahn is the author of two poetry collections, Glenn Gould’s Chair and Math, Heaven, Time. Her poetry is included in The Best American Poetry 2018 and was featured in former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s newspaper column American Life in Poetry. She frequently collaborates with composers to create new works that combine verse and classical music and was a librettist for Yuval Sharon’s acclaimed opera Hopscotch. She lives in Los Angeles.
This event is free but an RSVP is required.