WORLD HAPPINESS FOUNDATION CHAIR IN CONTEMPLATIVE SCIENCES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ZARAGOZA

FIRST CONGRESS ON CONTEMPLATIVE SCIENCES

4–5 NOVEMBER 2021

Calendar

9:00h a 9:30h Opening session

Javier García Campayo

Director of the World Happiness Foundation Chair in Contemplative Science and director of the Master’s Degree in Mindfulness at the University of Zaragoza

Luis Gallardo

President of the World Happiness Foundation

09:30h a 10:30h Keynote address

Perla Kaliman

Center for Mind and Brain, University of California-Davis “Neuroscience and Contemplative Science”

11:30h a 12:00h Coffee break

12:00h a 14:00h Round table discussion

“The Contribution of Contemplative Traditions” Moderator:

Manu Mariño

Institute of Contemplative Science. Teacher of insight meditation. Master’s in Mindfulness.

Speakers:

Berta Meneses

Religious from the Philippines and Zen teacher.

Lama Yeshe Chodron

Founder of the Arya Tara Center

Jose Antonio Vazquez Mosquera

Cistercian Catholic monk

Wadud Sabate

Disciple of the Naqshbandi order

15-minute individual presentations and 60-minute discussion

14:00h a 16:00h Lunch

16:00h a 20:00h Simultaneos Workshops

Taller 1:Berta Meneses. Congregation of the Philippian Sisters and Zen master “The Heart and Zen Meditation”
Taller 2: Wadud Sabaté. Sufi master. Head of the Dergah Naqshbandi Sufi Centre, Barcelona “The Art of Healing the Soul in Sufism”
Taller 3José Antonio Vázquez Mosquera. Lay monastic practitioner, holder of a degree in Semitic Philology (UCM), Master’s degree in Counselling (Ramon Llull University), Expert in Mindfulness (UCM). “Christian Meditation”
Taller 4Lama of the Dudjom Tersar lineage of the Nyingma school of Vajrayana Buddhism. Lleida. “The Practice of Vajrayana Buddhism”

THURSDAY 4 NOVEMBER

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Friday 5 november 2021

09:00h a 10:00h Contemplative Sciences of Happiness.

Coordinador:

Dr. Manas Manal

Dr. Manas K Mandal is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Indian Institute of Technology - Kharagpur. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, IISC, Bangalore. He was formerly a Distinguished Scientist and Director-General - Life sciences in DRDO, India.

Saamdu Chetri

Former Executive Director of the GNH Center in Bhutan. Professor at IIT Kkargpur in India.

Rekhi Singh

Is a champion in teaching and spreading Happiness and Well- Being and strongly believes in a simple motto – Happy People Are More Successful

10:00h a 14:00h Simultaneous Workshops

Repetition of the workshops of the previous day.

14:00h a 16:00h Lunch

16:00h a 18:00h Round table discussion

Moderator:

Luis Gallardo

President of the World Happiness Foundation. Miami, USA

Juan Arnau

Astrophysicist and Doctor of Philosophy “Sufism and the Kabbalah in the Crown of Aragon”

Javier García Campayo

Director of the World Happiness Foundation Chair in Contemplative Science and director of the Master’s Degree in Mindfulness at the University of Zaragoza

Francisco Marco

Emeritus Professor of History, University of Zaragoza. “The Vision of Divinity: Examples of Religious Mysticism”

18:00h a 18:30h Break

18:30h a 19:15h Practical workshop

Manu Mariño

“The Heart of Silence”

19:15h Closing address

Luis Gallardo

President of the World Happiness Foundation. Miami, USA

Javier García Campayo

Director of the World Happiness Foundation Chair in Contemplative Science and director of the Master’s Degree in Mindfulness. University of Zaragoza

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Participants

Learning from the experiencie

Saamdu Chetri

Former Executive Director of the GNH Center in Bhutan. Professor at IIT Kkargpur in India.

Perla Kaliman

Researcher at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California-Davis and the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madiso

José Antonio Vázquez Mosquera

Cistercian Catholic monk for 16 years, Founder of the Christian Association

Juan Arnau

Researcher at the López Piñero Institute of History of Medicine and Science of the CSIC, and Associate Professor at the University of Valencia

Francisco Marco

Professor of Ancient History at the University of Zaragoza since 1990, and emeritus since 2019.

Dr. Manas Manal

Is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Indian Institute of Technology - Kharagpur. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, IISC, Bangalore. He was formerly a Distinguished Scientist and Director-General - Life sciences in DRDO, India.

Javier García Campayo

Accredited Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Zaragoza. Coordinates the Mental Health Research Group of Aragon that belongs to the Primary Care Research Network (REDIAPP) of the Ministry of Health. He directs his own Master in Mindfulness at the University of Zaragoza.

Rekhi Singh

Is a champion in teaching and spreading Happiness and Well- Being and strongly believes in a simple motto – Happy People Are More Successful

Dr. Manas Manal

Is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Indian Institute of Technology - Kharagpur. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, IISC, Bangalore. He was formerly a Distinguished Scientist and Director-General - Life sciences in DRDO, India.

Berta Meneses Rodriguez

Religious from the Philippines and Zen teacher. Head of studies at l’Escola Ntra Sra de Lourdes in Barcelona. Professor of the Departments of Mathematics, Religious Culture and Art

Abdel Wadud Sabaté

Disciple of the Naqshbandi order (1997) and head of the Sufi Center of Barcelona (2000)

Lama Yeshe Chodron

It belongs to the Dudjom Tersar lineage of the Nyingma school of the Vajrayana tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Founder of the Arya Tara Center.

Luis Gallardo

Luis Gallardo is Founder and President of the World Happiness Foundation and World Happiness Fest

Delve into the heart of Contemplative Sciences

What we understand by Contemplative Sciences

We go deeper, with time to delve into the themes

CONTENT OF THE WORKSHOPS

This workshop will provide a brief introduction to the contemplative maps of the Christian tradition as exemplified by Evagrius Ponticus, John Cassian, Saint Bernard, Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint John of the Cross. Emphasis will be given to practising together the different methods of meditation and contemplation of this tradition and the sharing of experiences.
Humans have intrinsically strived for excellence, perfection of character, enlightenment and self-realisation, which is why ways and methods that help to achieve this purpose have been developed throughout history by every civilisation. Common to spiritual traditions are the description of rituals and practices whose main aim is to take the aspiring individual, the initiate, to achieve states and stages of empowerment, of progressive lifting of the levels of egocentricity that hinder the vision of the light, truth or being. The Sufi tradition, in particular, has passed on a series of teachings associated with states or stages of perfection. The disciple must transit through them in order to achieve the total release of their individual personality that is being held captive by the ego. The pilgrimage undertaken by the adept will allow them, God willing, to be able to contemplate the unity that transcends the multiplicity; henceforth, their sole personality will unfold with wonder and wonderfully as a radiant, generous, majestic and serene, splendid and powerful super-individual. This session offers an introduction to how Sufism deals with the soul of the aspiring individual, the ways in which to seek personal self-knowledge and, finally, a session of dhikr (remembrance) or sama (listening) that consists of reciting divine names and chants as part of a ritual dance that takes initiates to states of detachment and union.
This workshop will allow participants to become acquainted with and experience the most characteristic practices of the Vajrayana tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Basic aspects, such as visualisation, work with sound, pure perception and dissolution into emptiness will be presented and practised, and spaces will be given in which to clarify their application. The methods of Vajrayana are designed to lead practitioners to free themselves of the dualistic perception and their identification with an ego, and ultimately to recognise their true condition and reveal their innate wisdom. Through these practices, the individual gradually refines their internal energy and leaves behind limiting concepts of themselves in order to connect with their intrinsic potential, open themselves to the non-intellectual aspect of their being, releasing themselves from the unconscious habits that determine their experience and recognising the true nature of all phenomena and the illusory nature of the ego. A path towards profound transformation that enables them to attain Buddhahood and release themselves from suffering, for the purpose of benefiting all beings, without exception.

The workshop covers the following topics:
 

1.- The heart empty of wisdom.

2.-The practice of Zazen meditation: Basic Characteristics básicas

  • Posture. Awakening bodily wisdom
  • Bodily hindrances
  • Diaphragmatic breathing
  • Attention
  • Attitude (no object, no attachment, no stopping)

3.-From the conscious self to the transpersonal self

4.-Stages on the path

  • Orientation stage (opening the senses: conscious receptiveness)
  • Etapa de mayor concienciación  (yoriki)
  • Stage of greatest consciousness (yoriki)
  • Unitive stage (Chie, zammadi, samadi, satori)
  • Effects on daily life

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