The 2015 NHEOA Annual Conference will take place on
Friday, October 16
9:30am - 3:15pm
Elliot Alumni Center
University of New Hampshire
9 Edgewood Road
Durham, NH 03824-1987
UNH Upward Bound
with special guests:
COE Vice-President, Public Policy:
Buddhist Teacher, Author & Long-Time UB Summer Teacher:
8:45am - 9:30 am Registration & Refreshments
9:30am - 10:30am Keynote Address:
Helping NHEOA students and staff manage stress and anxiety using mindfulness meditation
10:30am - 11:45am NHEOA Business Meeting & NEOA Update
11:45am - 12:45pm Lunch @ Holloway Commons
1:00pm - 1:45pm TED Talk with Discussion
1:45pm - 2:15pm COE/Washington Update (via Skype)
2:15pm - 3:15pm Creative Problem Solving Challenge
* We invite each program to submit a challenge they are facing. Within cross-programmatic groups, attendees
will brainstorm possible ideas/solutions to
address these challenges.
Conference registration fees include continental breakfast, lunch, parking and conference materials:
Registration fees are listed above and throughout the registration form. Upon final submission of this form, your individual or program registration will be added to our system and an invoice will be sent to the email address provided as soon as it is reviewed. This response will not be immediate, however you should expect response within 5 business days of your application.
Hi, I’m Bodhipaksa, and I set up Wildmind in 2001 with the help of several friends who offered me their time and technical support when I was a grad student with no financial resources at all. I’m a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, I’ve been a practicing Buddhist since 1982, and I’ve been teaching meditation since the late 1980’s.
I’m the author of Wildmind: A Step-by-Step Guide to Meditation, a book called Living as a River, which explores the Buddhist teaching of not-self though a traditional reflection on interconnectedness called the Six Element Practice, and a book on Buddhism and the practice of vegetarianism. I’m also the author of eight audiobooks of guided meditations.
I recently (Oct 2012) gave a TEDx talk on compassion.
I was given the name Bodhipakṣa when I joined the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1993 (although at that time it was called the “Western Buddhist Order”). “Bodhi” means enlightenment and “paksha” (there’s a dot under the “s” which gives it a “sh” sound) means “wings.” So my name means “Wings of Enlightenment.”
I was born and brought up in Scotland, although I now live in the US. For three years, I was the director of Dhanakosa retreat center, in the Highlands of Scotland, and after that I ran the Edinburgh Buddhist center. For three years, I taught Buddhist meditation in the Religious Studies department at the University of Montana, before moving to New Hampshire.
I love teaching meditation. It’s had a tremendously positive effect on my own life, and I’ve seen it have an equally large effect on the lives of my students. Over and over again, students have told me how learning to meditate has changed their lives.
For many years I’ve been excited by the potential for bringing the benefits of meditation to millions of people over the Internet. That enthusiasm is what led to me setting up Wildmind.
Wildmind started as a project while I was completing a Masters degree in Montana. Supported by a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies, I worked with Dr. Alan Sponberg to develop an innovative Internet based meditation course for the University of Montana, and that experiment formed the basis of Wildmind.