Maturing our Stories, Relinquishing our Stories

Online Retreat with Matthew Brensilver

March 25, 2023, 9:30am – 12:30pm
The Zoom link will be sent by 5:00pm (ET) the day before the event.

The dharma path is about examining and rewriting the stories we live by. In this sense, it resembles cognitive therapy which seeks to develop adaptive and empowering beliefs about oneself, the world and the future. Importantly, mindfulness also cultivates the silence of the mind and the temporary cessation of meaning-making. This half-day will explore these two dimensions of dharma practice and how rewriting our autobiography is supported by silence. There will be a mix of sitting, dharma talks, and questions with a break mid-way.

Matthew Brensilver, MSW, PhD, teaches retreats at the Insight Retreat Center, Spirit Rock and other Buddhist centers. He was previously program director for Mindful Schools and for more than a decade, was a core teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. Matthew worked as a clinical social worker, serving severely and persistently mentally ill adults and adolescents. He subsequently earned a PhD from the Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at USC where he was a Provost’s Fellow. His dissertation examined the mechanisms of risk and resilience in maltreated adolescents in a large, longitudinal study in South Los Angeles. Before committing to teach meditation full-time, he spent years doing research on addiction pharmacotherapy at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine. Each summer, he lectures at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center on the intersections between mindfulness, science and psychotherapy. He serves on the Board of Directors at Spirit Rock. Matthew is the co-author of two books about meditation during adolescence and continues to be interested in the unfolding dialogue between Buddhism and science.

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  • Maturing our Stories, Relinquishing our Stories
     March 25, 2023
     9:30 AM - 12:30 PM



The Zoom link will be sent by 5:00pm (ET) the day before the event.

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