Vignesh Swaminathan, LAc,
is a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a meditation teacher, with intensive training in the Zen, vipassana, and Christian mystical traditions. He practices acupuncture in Berkeley, Calif., and teaches mindfulness at New York University.
Mindfulness teachings often isolate the practice from larger cultural, spiritual, and expressive contexts. This workshop goes the other direction: it integrates secular mindfulness practices with the wisdom of World philosophies and with the creative arts. The workshop is for those new to mindfulness, those with an established practice, and for psychotherapists interested in integrating mindfulness into their clinical work. It is co-taught by a psychiatrist and cultural scholar from New York University, and an experienced meditation teacher.