Our Sunday night sittings are held in the Chapel, and are led by Eugene Cash or a guest teacher. This week Randy Fernando will join Eugene to explore how we, as practitioners, can relate to technology objectively, and utilize mindful awareness to preserve a precious resource: our attention. They will start with interpersonal conversation and then broaden into an interactive discussion with the group.

While the value of technology is indisputable, compulsive use can undermine many qualities developed by mindfulness. Most of us train our heart-mind through meditation for perhaps 15, 30 or 60 minutes a day. The rest of the time, technology is training us. Corporations make money by keeping us glued to our screens and so have an incentive to hijack our attention–– interfering with our ability to connect with ourselves and disrupting the fabric of human society.

Randima (Randy) Fernando is a Co-Founder and COO at the Center for Humane Technology, which is dedicated to realigning technology with humanity’s best interests. For 7 years he was Executive Director at Mindful Schools, a nonprofit that has brought mindfulness training to millions of children and tens of thousands of educators worldwide. Prior to that, Randy ran several award-winning projects over 7 years at NVIDIA, including authoring three books on real-time computer graphics. He has been a dedicated Buddhist practitioner for many years.

People of all experience levels are welcome to join our weekly sittings. Drop-in.