Wednesday, 1/31, 7-8p
For adults & teens
The past few decades have seen the emergence of the “Mindfulness Revolution” in mainstream American popular culture. Hospitals, prisons, daycare centers, college campuses … mindfulness meditation is seemingly everywhere these days. In fact, since the inception of Buddhism nearly 2500 years ago, Buddhists have understood various facets of their tradition to be sources of health and healing. But how established are the links between meditation and physical health? Dr. Salguero will give an overview of the history, contemporary practice, and scientifically – demonstrated effects of meditation practice. He will situate the contemporary focus on the health benefits of meditation within the global history of Buddhism and medicine, and will outline the many rich and complex Buddhist approaches to healing that have been (and still are) used globally, and will suggest directions for further historical and clinical research beyond meditation.
Presenter: Dr. C. Pierce Salguero is an Associate Professor of Asian History & Religious Studies at Penn State Abington. He is an interdisciplinary medical humanities scholar interested in the role of Buddhism in the crosscultural exchange of medical ideas. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology & Cognitive Science & M.A. in East Asian Studies, both from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in History of Medicine from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His research and teaching currently focuses on East Asian History, Asian Religions, History of Medicine in Asia, & Buddhist Studies