John D. Dunne talks about stress, pain and suffering as impacted by mindfulness and looks at the relationships between attention (and its deficit), cultivating insight, and the profound effects of loving-kindness and altruism. Dr Dunne points out that some stress is necessary and all stress derives from a threat to self. Stress triggers a variety of physical and mental health issues. Dr Dunne’s lecture is about the role of mind in stress reactions, focusing on reactivity and mental time travel. He also explores what mindfulness actually is and looks at models of mindfulness practices.
This lecture is from the 2013 Maitripa College Buddhism & Science Symposium: THE GREAT HEART: Concentration & Attention, Wisdom & Knowledge, Compassion & Altruism