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Photo Mind Workshop

Led by Peter Lin



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Begins: Saturday April 25, 2020
Check-in: 10:00 - 11:00 AM - late arrival not allowed
End Date: Sunday April 26, 2020
End Time: 4:00 PM
Deadline: no applications accepted after April 21

An Interactive Workshop on Photography and Chan Meditation

Explore perception and awareness through creative observation. With the skillful use of the mind and the camera, engage yourself in a practice of meditative photography.

Photos not only record what is important to us, but reflect a lot about us as well. Exploring our own snapshots and albums can provide deep personal insights that words alone often cannot fully explain. Therapeutic Photography is using photographic practices to increase one’s own self-knowledge and awareness, improve family and other relationships, and activate positive social change.

This workshop utilizes photography as a tool to understand, train, and awaken the mind. The stages of training the mind are reflected in different contemplative techniques, going from a scattered, to a more concentrated mind. The techniques include sitting, walking, and moving meditation. Visual awareness exercises, including direct contemplation, are applied to develop skill in viewing through the camera. Through the process of exploring sensation and perception, one discovers habits, lets them go, then engages with them again in a free, open, and receptive way.

Dr. Peter Lin, PhD

Dr. Peter Lin is a licensed psychologist with a specialty in mindfulness-oriented psychotherapy. He received an M.S. in Biostatistics from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Health Emphasis) from Yeshiva University (Ferkauf Graduate School & Albert Einstein College of Medicine). His primary clinical fellowship was at Weill Cornell Medical College, and his postdoctoral training was at the HIV Research Center of Columbia University. Dr. Lin is a full professor at St. Joseph’s College and has great interest in the integration of Eastern philosophy with Western psychotherapy. He has years of training in Chan (Chinese Zen) practice, and is currently a Zen Meditation teacher in the Dharma Drum Mountain Chan lineage. He is also actively involved in disaster relief, as a commissioner and photojournalist of Buddhist Tzu Chi Compassion Relief Foundation.