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CBD 2023: The Bodhisattva with Boundaries: The Paradox of Selflessness and Self-Care with Mei Elliott

Friday October 27th 2023, 4:45 - 6:00PM
Event Sponsor
Contemplation by Design
Stanford Prevention Research Center
School of Medicine
The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies
Mei Elliott

This lecture is part one in a two-part series that uses Buddhist teachings to explore the interface between a healthy sense of self and the experience of "not-self" that is grounded in emptiness. This lecture will use Nagarjuna’s two truths to provide foundational teachings on the Bodhisattva’s selfless activity and how the Buddha himself presented with what we might now consider a mature psychological self. This lecture will lay the groundwork for the second lecture, Becoming Radiance, on Oct. 28, in which Kodo Conlin will offer meditation and mindfulness practices for realizing this paradox for oneself. 

This workshop is part of a five-session series on Buddhist teachings offered by Mei Elliott and Kodo Conlin as part of the annual Stanford Contemplaion by Design Summit. Attendees are encouraged to reigster for one or all of the folowing sessions:
- iPause Guided practice #4 Practicing with the Emptiness of Self with Mei Elliott, on Oct. 27
- Interactive Workshop: The Paramita Pyramid: Practices for Cultivating Wisdom and Compassion with Mei Elliott and Kodo Conlin, on Oct. 28
- iPause Guided practice #5 Nourished by Tenderness: Practicing with Loving-Kindness for Self with Kodo Conlin, on Oct. 28
- Becoming Radiance: Six Practices for Selflessness and Compassionate Action with Kodo Conlin

Mei Elliott is a Dharma teacher in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, who practices at the intersection between Zen and Vipassana. Mei began training as a Zen monk at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in 2014, and has been living at Zen temples ever since. She most recently served as the director of San Francisco Zen Center and was previously the guiding instructor for Young Urban Zen. Mei currently teaches at a variety of Insight Meditation centers on the West Coast.

CBD 2023: The Bodhisattva with Boundaries: The Paradox of Selflessness and Self-Care with Mei Elliott is part of the FREE Contemplation by Design Summit, Oct. 24- Nov. 2, 2023.

Registration opens September 12, 2023