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
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.
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.
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.
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.