The Art of Mind & Emotion: An Exploration Through Psychology, Psychiatry, & Buddhism

What is the mind? What are emotions? How do we work with them? Join us for a panel discussion exploring these questions from Buddhist and psychological perspectives. Panel participants include Lhoppön Rinpoche, Deborah Bowman, and Dr. Antonio Wood, with moderation by Erika Scilipoti.

"The Art of Mind & Emotion: An Exploration Through Psychology, Psychiatry, & Buddhism" featuring Lhoppön Rinpoche, Deborah Bowman, & Dr. Antonio Wood

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center, Nalanda Campus, 6287 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder
Tickets $10 at the door; discounted price of $5 for students and seniors.

Lhoppon RinpocheLhoppön Rinpoche lives in Boulder and has taught extensively throughout the United States. For more than a decade, he has worked for to establish Mipham Shedra as a Vajrayana center for study and practice. Monthly, he leads a number of pujas, book studies, and retreats, including Bardo practice. He also leads Sunday evening meditation instruction for students of all levels of study and experience.



Deborah BowmanDeborah Bowman, PhD, is a psychologist, photographer, and professor at Naropa University, where she developed the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and Wilderness Therapy programs. She has been in private practice as a psychotherapist for more than twenty-five years and utilizes Gestalt, Jungian, and mindfulness approaches. She is the author of The Female Buddha: Discovering the Heart of Liberation and Love and The Luminous Buddha: Image and Word. She contributes to issues about women and Buddhism in her blog, Follow the Female Buddha


Antonio WoodDr. Antonio Wood attended medical school in Santiago, Chile, and in 1975, after two years of general medical practice and a year of psychiatric residence, he moved to the United States. Wood was a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and taught in the Contemplative Psychology masters program at Naropa from 1979–1981. He currently divides his time between retreats in Crestone, Colorado; private practice in Boulder; and spending time with his family.


Erika ScilipotiErika Scilipoti, PhD (Moderator) was a research fellow at Boston University and Brown University prior to coming to Naropa, and received her PhD in Cognitive Science from Brown University in 2011. She is interested in visual arts and how contemplative practices relate to the creative process, and has developed new courses that focus on the relationship between the contemplative states of mind and the creative experience through photography. Her research interests lie in the forms of neural plasticity in the visual system and on the improvements in attention systems induced by meditative practices. She has also explored how contemplative practices may contribute to learning mechanisms.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Teresa Sparks at  or at 303-245-4850 to inquire about accessibility and disability accommodations needed to participate fully in this event.