How do the skills of mindfulness echo with the quiet, fierce attention that shapes art? Former Buddhist Chaplain Matthew Brensilver will lead a day-long meditation sit, punctuated with original performances and art encounters led by poet and performer Mandy Kahn. All will take place at the Barrick Museum of Art, the home for visiting exhibit “Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. Join us for a day-long workshop that serves as both meditation retreat and a one-of-a-kind experience of visual and literary arts. Co-sponsored by the Barrick Museum of Art at UNLV.
Please wear comfortable clothes. Feel free to bring whatever will facilitate extended periods of sitting, whether mats or cushions. We encourage you to pack lunch so that you can remain with the community and in repose during the lunch break.
Matthew Brensilver, PhD, a former Buddhist chaplain at the University of Southern California, teaches the intersection of mindfulness and mental health at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center and with Mindful Schools. Matthew offers workshops, classes, and retreats at Spirit Rock, the Insight Retreat Center, and elsewhere. An academic researcher on addiction treatment at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine, he is an emerging authority on the unfolding dialogue between dharma and science.
Mandy Kahn is the author of two poetry collections, Glenn Gould’s Chair and Math, Heaven, Time. Her poetry is included in The Best American Poetry 2018 and was featured in former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s newspaper column American Life in Poetry. She frequently collaborates with composers to create new works that combine verse and classical music and was a librettist for Yuval Sharon’s acclaimed opera Hopscotch. She lives in Los Angeles.