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"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Science and the Natural World

In 1987, Spirit Rock Meditation Center purchased 411 acres of undeveloped land in the San Geronimo Valley of northern California from The Nature Conservancy, which then used the funds to preserve rainforests in South America. Our landscape is a central part of the Spirit Rock experience. Just as one recognizes that they are a part of a community of practice, the Earth's must not be seen as a collection of commodities for personal use but as a communion of subjects of which we are all a part. This section includes programs about the natural world as well as on the science of meditation from the fields of psychology and neurosciences.

Some of the themes covered in this learning path include: Connecting with nature, the healing power of nature, neuroscience and nature, awakening in nature, sustainable world, the Spirit Rock land.

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5/5/2017 Awake in the Wild - Meditation in Nature
Mark Coleman
5/13/2017 Equanimity in the Dharma and in Your Brain
Rick Hanson, Rick Mendius
5/14/2017 The Tao and the Dharma: Practices of Mindfulness, Meditation and Qigong
Wes Nisker, Franz Moeckl (qigong)
5/20/2017 At the Intersection: Psychedelics and the Buddhist Path
Allan Badiner, Alex and Allyson Grey
6/5/2017 Natural Liberation: A Buddhist Insight Meditation Retreat - 6 nights, ends Jun 11
Wes Nisker, Grove Burnett
7/8/2017 Mindful Parenting on the Frontier of Technology and Youth
Shauna Shapiro, Dom Sagolla
7/15/2017 No-Self in the Brain: Insights from Neuroscience
Rick Hanson
7/23/2017 Cultivating a Compassionate Heart during Troubling Times
Sharda Rogell, Sakti Rose
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