Special Events

Judson Brewer Dharma Talk

Judson Brewer, an expert in the field of mindfulness-based habit change and a long-time practitioner, will offer a dharma talk to our sangha on Saturday, February 29.

The talk — entitled “The Factors of Awakening and Reward-Based Learning”— will be held at St. Barnabas Parish Hall, Norwich, from 8:30-10:00 am. It will be recorded for those who can’t attend in person.

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  • We’ll set up the Parish Hall’s 55 chairs; the fire code allows an additional 10 standing.
  • As a sign of respect to Dr. Brewer, please arrive by 8:30 am. Doors will open at 8:00 am. A sit will start at 8:45 am. His talk is scheduled to start at 9:00 am and last for perhaps 60 minutes with Q&A.
  • Prior to this talk, we’ll discuss principles of reward-based learning and how they relate to our Buddhist practice in the Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday sits, Feb 24, 25, and 27.

Jud Brewer MD PhD is an expert in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery.” For more than 20 years he has combined mindfulness training with his scientific research. He is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University, associate professor in psychiatry at Brown’s School of Medicine, and a research affiliate at MIT. A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety.

He is the author of The Craving Mind : from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits. His TED talk is the 4th most viewed talk of 2016, with currently 14+ million views. He’s a long-time Insight practitioner, on the Board of Directors of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and a member of their teaching faculty.

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