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A: Mindfulness: A Path to Wisdom and Awakening in Ourselves and Society

NCE is once again proud to be able to offer to the Greater Newton community a series of talks by four leading practitioners and teachers of Mindfulness. Each speaker will talk about their personal journey and the insights they have gained through the practice of mindfulness.

3 Tuesdays at Newton South, October 9, 16 & 30 and 1 Monday November 26 at Newton North 7pm
$50/series (Course ID X700) $15/talk (X701, X702, X703); $10 Special — Tim Ryan (X704)

George Mumford:Pursuing Excellence and Wisdom with Grace and Ease (Tuesday October 9)

“Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock, and it will be opened to you.” To have Excellence and Wisdom you must seek them and it is possible to do so with grace and ease.

George Mumford is a sports psychology consultant, personal and organizational development consultant, executive coach, and an insight meditation teacher.  As a sports psychology consultant and mindfulness coach he worked with the LA Lakers and Chicago Bulls as part of Phil Jackson’s support staff. During that time, Jackson’s teams won six NBA World Championships: the Bulls three (1996-98) and the Lakers three (2000-2002).

Elana Rosenbaum: Being Well (even when you are sick) (Tuesday October 16)

Mindfulness is a quality of attention that combines awareness with acceptance of each moment, just as it is. This requires a fierce but loving attention especially if we don't like what is arising--like illness. The simple techniques Elana Rosenbaum will present here are the same ones she uses with the people in her practice of mindfulness-based psychotherapy and stress reduction—and that she uses herself as a cancer survivor. These are methods that offer proof positive that it is indeed possible not only to “have a life” while you’re seriously ill, but that the life can include satisfaction, ease, and happiness.

Elana Rosenbaum, M.S., L.I.C..S.W., is a psychotherapist, cancer survivor and long time teacher of mindfulness-based practices. She has worked directly with Jon Kabat-Zinn and is a pioneering teacher of mindfulness-based stress reduction that has helped thousands of people world wide cope with physical and emotional difficulties. Her personal experience and professional expertise has inspired many to live well regardless of the circumstances of their lives. She is an internationally known speaker, consultant and workshop leader as well as author of Here for Now: Living Well with Cancer through Mindfulness and "being well (even when sick): Mindfulness Practices for People Living With Cancer and Other Serious Illness

Surya Das: Secrets of Tibetan Mindfulness: Nowness-Awareness is the Ultimate Therapy, Freedom, and Awakening (Tuesday October 30)

"If you are not here now you won’t be then," says the American Lama. The Dzogchen masters of Tibet say that nowness-awareness is the authentic and unfabricated natural Buddha within. Mindful living is renowned as an extraordinary way of loving and more fully accepting ourselves, befriending oneself and befriending the world-- opening the way for compassionate action. "Remembering to remember to catch yourself before things catch you and to choose how, when and if to respond, -- rather than just blindly react--is the very essence of mindful anger management and emotional balance, equanimity, restraint and detachment."

Lama Surya Das, who the Dalai Lama affectionately calls the “American lama”, has spent over forty years studying with the great spiritual masters of Asia. He is an authorized lama in the Tibetan Buddhist order, and the founder of the Dzogchen Center. Surya Das is the author of the international bestseller Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World and twelve other books, including his latest release, Buddha Standard Time: Awakening to the Infinite Possibilities of Now. His blog “Ask the Lama” can be found at  To see Surya's lecture and retreat schedule please visit

Tim Ryan: Special Presentation & Book Signing with the author of "A Mindful Nation" (Monday November 26)

The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Newton Community Education are pleased to present an evening of mindfulness with Congressman Tim Ryan, author of the acclaimed book A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit. Congressman Ryan will share the story of how he first encountered mindfulness, and what he  continues to encounter and learn while travelling the country and speaking with people from all walks of life engaged in the practice and work of mindfulness. "Imagine a world where we all took a few moments and sat to watch what we were doing in our own envrionment… The web of life is complex. It's hard to sort out how it all works… there are no easy answers, but I do have the conviction that mindfulness can help…" - A Mindful Nation by Congressman Tim Ryan

Building a Mindful Nation

­­­Americans have experienced tough times lately—economic difficulty and uncertainty, the damaging effects of fighting two wars, a fractious political climate, and more. Amidst these tough times, though, a quiet revolution has been gathering momentum. People all over the nation have been searching for and finding ways to live more mindfully. And they are bringing the proven beneficial effects of the practices that cultivate mindfulness into schools, hospitals, doctor’s offices, the military, and other vital institutions in our country. Congressman Tim Ryan talks about how this revolutionary work can help our citizens reduce stress, improve their performance, and recapture the can-do American spirit. We are building a more mindful nation.

Congressman Tim Ryan was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives at the age of 29, and is currently serving in his fifth term representing northeast Ohio. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and its Subcommittees on Readiness and on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, a member of the House Budget Committee, and co-chairman of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus. Keeping a daily mindfulness meditation practice, during his tenure in the House, Congressman Ryan has helped to get mindfulness and social and emotional learning programs established in several schools in his district and spearheaded a medical school conference on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

An outspoken advocate for promoting mindfulness practice as an aid to addressing the variety of complex problems facing the nation, Congressman Tim Ryan clearly shows what we can do, right here and right now, to reinvigorate the American dream and restore our economy and communities.

Limited Seating — Advance Ticket Purchase Recommended

Status Registration Not Available
Course Code X700-F12-1
Session Fall 2012 
Category Mindfulness Series 
Times 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM 
Instructor Mindfulness staff, Presenters 
Location Various, , classroom 


$ 50 Course Tuition

$ 50 Total Fees