01Mar1:30 PM4:30 PMTechnology as an Existential Threat to MindfulnessA Day of Practice and Reflection1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Matthew Brensilver, PhD; Randy Fernando No prerequisiteOpen
Date: March 1, 2019; 1:30pm - 4:30pm Sliding Scale: $50 - 150. Code MB1H19. Description: While the value of technology is indisputable, compulsive use undermines many qualities developed by mindfulness. We train ourselves
Date: March 1, 2019; 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Sliding Scale: $50 – 150. Code MB1H19.
While the value of technology is indisputable, compulsive use undermines many qualities developed by mindfulness. We train ourselves in meditation for perhaps 15, 30 or 60 minutes a day. But the rest of time, our technology is training us. As corporations make money by keeping us glued to screens, there is a perverse incentive to hijack our attention – harming ourselves but also the fabric of our society.
During this afternoon of practice and reflection, we’ll explore how we, as practitioners, can relate to technology in a sane way and use mindfulness to preserve a most precious resource: our attention.
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Matthew Brensilver, PhD
Randima (Randy) Fernando is a Co-Founder and Executive Director at the Center for Humane Technology, which is dedicated to realigning technology with humanity’s best interests. For 7 years he was Executive Director at Mindful Schools, a nonprofit that has brought mindfulness training to millions of children and tens of thousands of educators worldwide. Prior to that, Randy ran several award-winning projects over 7 years at NVIDIA, including authoring three books on advanced 3D graphics. He has been a dedicated Buddhist practitioner for many years. He has taught a daylong Spirit Rock with Matthew Brensilver: “Technology as an Existential Threat to Mindfulness”.