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Spirituality and Mental Health: Traditional and Contemporary Buddhist Views

A Lecture Given by Professor Luis Gomez, Professor Emeritus of University of Michigan and Shinnyo-en Visiting Professor at the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford University

Shinnyo-en USA, Stanford’s Ho Center for Buddhist Studies, and Shinnyo-en Foundation co-sponsored a lecture on Sunday, March 3rd, 2013, titled “Spirituality and Mental Health: Traditional and Contemporary Buddhist Views.”   The lecture was presented by Professor Luis Gomez, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Religious Studies at the University of Michigan.  Professor Gomez is currently the Shinnyo-en Visiting Professor at Stanford’s Ho Center for Buddhist Studies.

The Shinnyo-en Visiting Professor fund was established in 2008 with the hope that it would build a bridge between professors of Buddhism all over the world.  Professor Gomez is the 5th Shinnyo-en Visiting Professor since the Fund’s inception.  For more information on the Shinnyo-en Visiting Professorship click here.

Professor Gomez summarized his lecture as having a focus on the general notion of “well-being” in Buddhism and contemporary psychotherapy techniques that use mindfulness meditation.  Click here to read a synopsis of the lecture and to link to a video of the complete lecture (run time: 1 hour, 44 minutes).

The lecture followed a morning of service at the Shinnyo-en Buddhist Temple in Redwood City, California.  In all, more than 140 Shinnyo-en members, neighbors and guests attended Professor Gomez’ lecture in the main temple worship hall.  Translators were on hand to translate from English to Japanese and Mandarin, for those members who are non-native English speakers.  Afterwards, the audience was offered time for a question and answer period, which brought up interesting and thought-provoking conversations between the audience and Professor Gomez.  After the Q&A, members and guests were invited to congregate downstairs in a guest room for refreshments and discussion.

…. A beautiful day and an interesting way to feed the mind, soul and body!