The opening address on August 18, 2011 at 6 p.m. will be delivered by the American Buddhist teacher Dr. Alan Wallace: “What the Buddha meant by mindfulness“

Panel 1: Buddhist Tradition

This panel deals with the origins and the meaning of mindfulness practice in Buddhism:

  • Bhikkhu Analayo: Mindfulness according to early Buddhist sources More ...
  • Prof. Dr. Eva Neumaier: Mind and Mindfulness in the Buddhist Traditions of East Asia More ...
  • Prof. em. Dr. Lambert Schmithausen: A new view of the original contents and meaning of the four kinds of attentive mindfulness More ...
  • Christof Spitz: Mindfulness in the Context of the Mind More ...
  • Moderator: Prof. Dr. Michael Zimmermann

Panel 2: Tradition vs. Modernity

This panel considers mindfulness both in the context of Buddhism and in the context of modern applications.

  • Prof. Rupert Gethin: Mindfulness, Meditation and Therapy More …
  • Michael van Dam:  Progress in Mindfulness Research and its Near Enemies More …
  • Hans Gruber: The Principal Methods of the Mindfulness or Insight Practice Vipassana More …
  • Ven. Huimin: The place of Mindfulness in Hospice Palliative Care in Taiwan More …
  • Commentator: Dr. Alan Wallace
  • Moderator: Prof. Alexander von Rospat

Panel 3: Mindfulness and Education

Mindfulness practice in the education of children and adolescents is a new field of research. This panel explores the possible introduction of mindfulness practice in primary and high schools.

  • Bhikkhuni Dhammananda: Mindfulness as an Element of Holistic Education More …
  • Prof. Dr. Heinrich Dauber: Pitfalls and Chances of Mindfulness Practice within Educational Contexts More …
  • Vera Kaltwasser: Mindfulness in Education More …
  • Prof. Dr. Josef Keuffer/Dr. Jürgen Elsholz: Practicing Mindfulness in Elementary and Secondary Schools - the Application and Investigation of the Concept of Mindfulness within Educational Contexts More …
  • Dr. Adriane Bettina Kobusch: Experiences with Mindfulness in Schools, Psychotherapy and Medicine More …
  • Moderator: Prof. Dr. Wolfram Weiße

Panel 4: Mindfulness in Medicine and Psychotherapy

Topic of this panel is the application of mindfulness in the case of psychological and physical disorders.

  • Dr. med. Ulrike Anderssen-Reuster: Mindfulness based treatment of depression within a clinical frame More …
  • Prof. Dr. Gustav Dobos: The Impact of Mindfulness on Health and Well-being of Cancer Patients More …
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Schmidt: Mindfulness and Chronic Pain - Results from Clinical Studies More …
  • Commentator: Michael van Dam
  • Moderator: Diego Hangartner

Panel 5: Mindfulness and Neuroscience

What is the impact of mindfulness practice on the brain, in particular, the mindfulness-based stress reduction method developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn:

  • Dr. Sara Lazar: Meditation and Neuroplasticity More …
  • Dr. Peter Malinowski: How does Mindfulness Practice promote Positive Psychological Change? More …
  • Dr. Ulrich Ott: Breathing, Feeling, Equanimity: Involved Brain Structures More …
  • Dr. Matthieu Ricard: Mindfullness at the Service of Cultivating Altruism and Compassion More …
  • Moderator: Diego Hangartner

Panel 6: Mindfulness and Ethical Responsibility

In the Mahayana tradition mindfulness is explained as a wholesome quality of the mind connected with ethics. How can the practice of mindfulness have a positive impact on the conduct of the individual and the society as a whole? Can the practice bring about social change?

  • Geshe Ngawang Samten: Mindfulness and the Ethics of Compassion
  • Prof. Ph.D. Jay Garfield: Mindfulness, Morality and Making a Difference More …
  • Alan Senauke: Mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism More …
  • Moderator: Prof. Dr. Eva Neumaier

 

 

The final speech will be held by HH the Dalai Lama on 21st of August: "Mindfulness - a Buddhist Practice for Today´s Society".