Re-Pairing: Healing Disturbing and Traumatic Relationship Memories, CC 3/30

Saturday, March 30 | 1:00pm - 5:00pm

San Francisco Zen Center
Buddha Hall

With David Bullard and Shinchi Linda Galijan

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“Emotionally we have many problems, but these problems are not actual problems; they are something created; they are problems pointed out by our self-centered ideas or views.” ―Shunryu Suzuki

In aspiring to Suzuki Roshi’s wisdom, we sometimes encounter memories of relational trauma that feel overwhelming. We can also be triggered into anxiety and anger when attempting sensitive conversations with those we love. This four-hour workshop will explore recent advances in our understandings of trauma and its treatment, including new therapeutic processes that involve no conscious experiencing of the traumatic memory. Participants will have the opportunity to experience these approaches as modified into a simple, rapid and effective healing visualization. When traumatic memories are re-experienced as being in the past, we can more easily embrace Suzuki Roshi’s wish: “enjoy your problems,” and see that “the world is its own magic.”

Wisdom and Compassion in Health Care: Buddhist Perspectives Celebrating Service: A Conversation with Robert A. F. Thurman, PhD

Tuesday, March 12 | 1:00pm - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Cole Hall, at UCSF’s Parnassus Heights campus
513 Parnassus Avenue

With Robert A. F. Thurman, PhD, Isa Gucciardi, PhD, and David Bullard, PhD

Join renowned Tibetan Buddhist scholar Robert A. F. Thurman in conversation with Isa Gucciardi and David Bullard in which they will explore the path of service for health providers, informed by Buddhist understandings of life, death, mindfulness, and consciousness.

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Robert A. F. Thurman, PhD, is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University and President of the Tibet House U.S., a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization. He is a long-time friend of His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama and is considered the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism.

Isa Gucciardi, PhD, is Founding Director and Primary Teacher at the Foundation of the Sacred Stream in Berkeley. She has been a dedicated Buddhist practitioner who has spent over 30 years studying spiritual, therapeutic, and meditative techniques from around the world. Isa has worked with master teachers of Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Sufism, as well as expert shamanic practitioners.

David Bullard, PhD, is a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry at UCSF, where he consults with Spiritual Care Services and the Symptom Management Service outpatient palliative care staff. He is a psychotherapist in private practice who has taught at UCSF, throughout the Bay Area, and in New York City, Israel, and Brazil.

The evening’s program will begin with a brief introduction to seated yoga by Nora Burnett, CIYT, who has taught Iyengar Yoga for 30 years including classes at all levels, topical workshops, retreats, and teacher education.

Registration is required for ALL attendees
General Admission $25; Reserved Seating $40
The net proceeds will benefit Tibet House U.S.

Event sponsors include the Symptom Management Service at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center; UCSF Spiritual Care Services; San Francisco Zen Center; San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group; Foundation for the Sacred Stream; KUNDE Institute: Center for Tibetan Wellness and Healing; Tibet House U.S.; Bayview Zendo; Ketamine Research Foundation; and the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).

Reaching Beyond the Conscious Mind to Treat Trauma: New Approaches

Thursday, January 31, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Foundation of the Sacred Stream
2149 Byron Street
Berkeley, CA, 94702
Doors at 6:30 pm
With Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. and David Bullard, Ph.D.

$25 in advance; $30 at the door

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In this talk, Dr. David Bullard and Dr. Isa Gucciardi present two very different meditative approaches to working with difficult memories, flashbacks, sleep disturbances and other experiences related to trauma. David will discuss Blink-Flash Meditation® – a short and simple visualization that can rapidly reduce trauma and promote integration and resilience. It is based on the EMDR-derived Flash Technique®. Blink-Flash helps to enable self-knowledge and deeper understandings after rapid decrease in anxiety/panic/fear and other negative trauma feelings and sensations such as disgust/shame/regret. Isa will discuss how Depth Hypnosis techniques can be applied to traumatic experience to create greater understanding and self-awareness. She will also talk about other ways of working with trauma in an altered state, including regression therapy and suggestion hypnosis. You will have opportunities to directly experience some of these techniques and to ask questions about which approaches might be best for you to consider.

Learning from Dying: Buddhist Understandings of Consciousness and Death - Conversations with Robert Thurman, Ph.D.

September 11, 2017 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Cole Hall Auditorium
9513 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, California 94143

Join us for renowned Tibetan Buddhist scholar and Columbia University Professor Dr. Robert A.F. Thurman in conversations with his colleague Dr. Isa Gucciardi and UCSF's Dr. Eve Ekman and Dr. David Bullard, exploring Buddhist understandings about consciousness and death.

2 CEU's available.

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$20 General Admission
$45 General Admission with copy of Man of Peace. Registration required.
$10 Students
(No one turned away for lack of funds; contact

A majority of funds raised will be donated to the International Rescue Committee.