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Saturday, October 22 • 12:25pm - 12:45pm
Introduction to Mindfulness

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Mindfulness ― one of the fundamental teachings by the Buddha,  has being highly valued practice for the last 2,500 years in many Asian countries such as Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, Japan, Korea and China.  As historical records shows, mindfulness has helped many people to live a meaningful life in this region. Finally, the advancements of technology such as fMRI machines, EEG studies and empirical studies have enable scientists to show the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation for the human wellbeing as a scientific fact. This scientific knowledge has made mindfulness accessible for millions of people through out the world and made available for a broader audience  as a secular tool for improving human wellbeing. Therefore, mindfulness has being actively promoted in various places such as schools, governments and workplaces.  

In this talk we will introduce mindfulness and the scientific research made it popular among a wider audience. Further, we will introduce Rakuten Mindfulness Clubs activities and briefly touch upon the potential application to Human Computer Interaction. 

 


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Udana Bandara

Scientist & Founder of Mindfulness Club, Rakuten, Inc.
Udana Bandara is the vice manager of Computational Interaction Group at the Rakuten Institute of Technology, is also the founder of Mindfulness Club at Rakuten.  As a child, he got introduced to basic mindfulness meditation practices (Anapanasathi Bhavana) in Sri Lanka. He also practiced  zen meditation while being a university student in Tokyo. Most importantly, a ten-day Vipassana meditation course ([https://www.dhamma.org/]) that he... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2016 12:25pm - 12:45pm
4F Track E : Rakuten University