<iframe src="//www.googletagmanager.com/ns.html?id=GTM-NP2ZK8" height="0" width="0" style="display:none;visibility:hidden"></iframe> Ian Wickramasekera

Ian E. Wickramasekera, II

iwickramasekera@naropa.edu

Assistant Professor
Core Faculty

Programs

MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling - Core Faculty

Education

PhD School of Professional Psychology
BS Psychology, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

Dr. Ian Wickramasekera has a lifelong fascination with topics such as Affective Neuroscience, Biofeedback, Bon-Buddhism, Empathy, Hypnosis, Lucid Dreaming, Mind/Body Medicine, and Transpersonal Psychology.  His research into these areas has won him a number of awards such as the Clark L. Hull Award for Scientific Excellence in Hypnosis and the Milton H. Erickson Award for Scientific Excellence in Clinical Hypnosis from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Dr. Ian also won the Distinguished Early Career Contributions to Hypnosis award from the American Psychological Association as well as from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.  He is a Science Editor for the American Journal Of Clinical Hypnosis.  Dr. Ian enjoys biking, hiking, making music, meditating, and running when he isn’t at work and/or reading an obscure tome of ancient lore. Research papers can be found at:  https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ian_Wickramasekera2

From the Heart

I love being part of the living tradition of wisdom and compassion at Naropa University. My life's work has been to build bridges between the advanced wisdom lineages of Eastern and Western traditions such as Bon-Buddhism, Consciousness Studies, Hypnosis, Meditation, Neuroscience, Social Justice Training, and Transpersonal Psychology. I love that experiential learning and embodied wisdom is stressed as much as critical thinking skills at Naropa. The powerful life story of Naropa himself demonstrates that wisdom cannot just be developed through studying texts and taking exams. It must be tested and refined through experience the way a goldsmith must bring out the lustre of gold through carefully hammering it.

Honors/awards

  • 2015 - Received the Clark L Hull Award for Scientific Excellence from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
  • 2015 - Received the Faculty of the Year Award from the University of the Rockies.
  • 2013 – Received the Faculty of the Year Award from the University of the Rockies.
  • 2008 – Received the Milton H. Erickson Award for Scientific Excellence from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
  • 2008 – Elected as President of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychological Hypnosis (Division 30).
  • 2007 - Distinguished Early Career Contributions to Hypnosis Award: American Psychological Association’s Division 30 - Psychological Hypnosis.
  • 2007 – Distinguished Early Career Contributions to Hypnosis Award: American Society of Clinical Hypnosis

Recent publications

  • Wickramasekera II, I. E. (2015). Mysteries of hypnosis and the self are revealed by the psychology and neuroscience of empathy. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 57(3), 330–348. doi:10.1080/ 375 00029157.2014.978495
  • Wickramasekera II, I. E. (2015). The elephant, the blindmen, and hypnosis. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 57(3), 330–348.
  • Wickramasekera II, I. E. (2013). Hypnosis and transpersonal psychology: Answering the call within. In H.Friedman & G. Hartelius (Eds.),The Wiley- Blackwell handbook of transpersonal psychology.Chichester,West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.

Scholarship activity

I have written and presented over 50 papers on Bon-Buddhism, Biofeedback, Consciousness Studies, Empathy, Hypnosis, Meditation, Neuroscience, and Transpersonal Psychology. I have won numerous awards for my scientific writings and presentations. Most of my papers can be downloaded here.

What book do you find yourself regularly pressing into the hands of students?

  • The Tibetan Yogas of Sleep and Dream by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
  • Enlightened Courage by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
  • The Mysterious Stanger by Mark Twain
  • The Oral Tradition from Zhang Zhung by John Myrdin Reynolds
  • Cutting Through Spiriatual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
  • White Racism: A Psychohistory by Joel Kovel
  • Ubik by Phillip K. Dick
  • The Diamond Age by Neil Stephenson
  • The Embodied Mind by Rosch, Thompson, and Varela

What does it mean to you when somebody says, “That’s so Naropa?”

That we have demonstrated to someone something that defies their conventional understanding of what learning can be about. Learning must be embodied, non-dual, and experiential as well as refecting a quality of discriminating intellect in a conventioanl way.

What's next?

Joining together the wisdom traditions of Bon-Buddhism, Contemplative Studies, Hypnosis, Transpersonal Psychology, and Social Justice. Continuing my personal contemplative practice and trainings in Bon-Buddhism and Dzogchen meditation.