The Art of Thinking: Awakening Your Genius Through the Science of Mindfulness

September 27 - September 29, 2019

Shaun Nanavati

Erica Saccente

Join Shaun Nanavati and Erica Saccente at Menla Retreat and Dewa Spa in Phoenicia, New York for "The Art of Thinking: Awakening Your Genius Through the Science of Mindfulness", an all-levels weekend retreat.“The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to set a limit to infinite error.”- Bertolt Brecht, Life of Galileo (1939)Do we know if our thinking is precise, and if our cognitions are valid? Do we know when we are imposing on reality or recognize when our view is accurate and realistic? Can we reliably make good decisions? We all want to be successful in a difficult situation, and that depends upon clear thinking.In an age of kindergarten psychology dominating public discourse and even our views of ourselves and others, valid cognition has never been more important, and the means to attain that level has never been more needed and precious.The Art of Thinking presents advanced teachings on the nature of clear effective thought, based upon the Buddhist mindfulness tradition and Indo-Tibetan cognitive studies, utilizing chapters from the Foundations of Buddhist Practice by the Dalai Lama and Thubten Chodron. Within the context of the emerging Third Wave Mindfulness movement, in which the four foundations of mindful awareness provide context, we will explore the art of thinking in depth, examining the insights on gaining accurate nondeceptive knowledge.Participants will walk away with knowledge of the Maha-satipatthana Sutta (Great Discourse on the Foci of Mindfulness), the four foci of mindful awareness, and specific teachings on the nature of memory and mind. This retreat will emphasize dialogue and reflection, and application of the Buddhist Three-Fold Analysis will be practiced along with guided meditation.Do you know how mindful you are? The Thurman Institute, a new venture co-founded by Tibet House, is launching the Mindfulness Quotient (MFQ), its mindfulness measurement technology, during this retreat. Retreat attendees will have the opportunity to measure their mindfulness using a patent-pending technology and AI that integrates four different metrics and a battery of tests to provide arguably the world's first holistic measurement of mindfulness. Be part of the select group who will be among the very first to have this opportunity!Recommended Text: "The Foundation of Buddhist Practice" by H.H. Dalai Lama and Thubten Chodron.
ScheduleFriday, September 27th
  • 3 - 6 pm  Check-in
  • 6 - 7 pm  Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9:30pm  Introductory Talk: Science of Mindful Awareness
Saturday, September 28th
  • 7 - 8 am  Yoga
  • 8 - 9 am  Breakfast
  • 10 am  - 12 pm  Workshop: The Maha-Satipatthana Sutta and the Four Foci of Mindful Awareness
  • 12 - 1 pm  Lunch
  • 1 - 3 pm  Free Time for Nature Bathing, Spa Treatments, and Creative Development
  • 3 - 6 pm  Workshop: Gaining Non-deceptive Knowledge
  • 6 - 7 pm  Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9:30 pm  Live Classical Indian Music Concert
Sunday, September 29th
  • 7 - 8 am  Yoga
  • 8 - 9 am  Breakfast
  • 7 - 11am  Check-out of Rooms
  • 10 - 12 pm  Reflection and Discussion: Real-Life Applications
  • 12 - 1pm  Lunch and Departure
Schedule is subject to change at any time.


Shaun Nanavati

Shaun Nanavati is a neuroscience researcher, professor and clinician with a lifelong interest in Eastern philosophy, and Co-Founder of the Thurman Institute. He is on the faculty at the Nalanda Institute, Menla Retreat & Spa, and visiting teacher of Cognitive Science at CUNY. His...

Erica Saccente

Erica Saccente, PMHNP-BC, is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been studying yoga and Buddhism for over a decade. She has a BS in Neuroscience, Lafayette College, a BS in Nursing and a MS in PMHNP, Columbia University. She is a 200-hr Yoga Teacher and also te...


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