CONFERENCE ON EMOTIONS
CONVERSATIONS ON FORGIVENESS AND EMOTIONS
OCTOBER 2-4, 2020
Flint’s academic training began with graduate degrees in both biology and psychology. He has extensive postdoctoral training in mindfulness based psychotherapies and group therapy with specialty training in both the Hakomi Method and Internal Family Systems Model. His traditional Zen training began at the San Francisco Zen Center and continued at the Austin Zen Center which he founded and nourished in its early years. Currently he is a guiding teacher at Appamada, a center for Zen practice and inquiry in Austin, Texas. He is also a guiding teacher at the Open Door Zen Community in Madison, Wisconsin and a closely related group of sanghas in the UK, Just This Zen Communities
Today, Flint’s teaching and consulting bridge the fields of health psychology, the psychology of contemplative practices, and traditional Zen Buddhist practice. His early research and counseling experience with the terminally ill inspired him to continue investigating the influence of consciousness in physical healing and emotional well-being. In response to witnessing the difficult struggles of both patients and family members dealing with chronic illness and death, he began to search for spiritual practices which would support and deepen his psychological work. This led him to an ever deepening commitment to Buddhist teachings and practices. Together, these two primary areas of interest—healthy human development and contemplative spiritual practices—form the complementary strands of the double-helix of full human maturity. These are the ongoing practices of growing up and waking up.
Presentation: The Heart's Release: Removing Barriers to Love Along the Zen Path
Vera de Chalambert
Presentation: Blessings of Brokenness
Güner Arslan, Ph.D.
Güner Arslan, Ph.D. was born in Germany from Turkish parents. He spent his childhood in Germany, his youth in Turkey and has been living in Austin for the past 21 years.
Soon after he arrived in Austin he got involved in interfaith and intercultural dialogue which eventually grew into the Dialogue Institute, an educational non-profit with more than a dozen chapters in 6 states with the mission to promote mutual understanding, respect and cooperation among people of diverse faiths and cultures by creating opportunities for direct communication and meaningful shared experiences.
Güner is currently the volunteer director of the Dialogue Institute Austin and a speaker on interfaith dialogue, Islam and Sufism. He also serves as the President of the Board of Trustees of North American University, a private non-profit institution offering bachelor's and master's degrees based in Houston.
During the day, Dr. Arslan works as a design engineer at Silicon Labs where he designs chips for the Internet of Things. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin specializing in digital signal processing.
skills in an Oriental Medicine context as well as the dynamics of the healing relationship. He is a long time student of Buddhist psychology, philosophy, and practice, with extensive explorations into Vipassana and Japanese Soto Zen.
Presentation: Freedom and Forgiveness: The Somatic Impact of Letting Go and Holding On
Presentation: The Radical Power of Forgiveness: An Act of Creation Within and From the Heart
Since 1992, John has worked extensively as a flute instructor, performer and clinician to students in music programs throughout the greater Austin and surrounding areas. He has facilitated leadership enrichment workshops relevant to band programs in the Austin, Pflugerville and Victoria Independent School Districts drawing from experiences as the first African American Drum Major of The University of Texas Longhorn Band. John has actively served in the community as a board member for Reading is FUNdamental, the KLRU Community Advisory Board and The University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band and the Longhorn Band Advisory Council. He is a past Board Chair for the Leadership Enrichment Arts Program helping to mentor and inspire minority and under-served youth in Central Texas through the arts. He currently serves as the Director of Advocacy and Partner Relations with the Survive2Thrive Foundation which provides an ecosystem of life-saving resources to survivors of domestic violence and human sex trafficking who have been wait-listed for the 2 local shelters that service the Austin area.
John’s most recent endeavor is the development of the Conscious Conversation process where he helps people communicate effectively by honoring each person’s Truth with active/deep listening with the heart. In Conscious Conversations, all participants utilize empathy and compassion to create an intimate space where everyone is heard, understood, and where all participants matter. The intention is to help people bridge the gaps of our differences so that we may come together with a greater understanding of each other.
John is an avid music lover, singer and musician and can be found at local live music venues and/or performances throughout the Central Texas area.
Presentation: Forgiveness and Social Engagement
Presentation: The Forgiveness Begins at Home: Exploring the Barriers and Benefits of Self Compassion
Presentation: Bullying and the Fire of Unforgiveness
Presentation: To be announced
For almost 20 years, Jon-Eric has been a human-centric pioneer in the tech industry, conveying people's stories as a user researcher. He partners with companies like Amazon, Google, Nissan and Microsoft to build empathy between the people who develop technology and those who use it.
Throughout his research career, he's witnessed first-hand the transformative power of the camera as a critical element of the success of his projects. He has seen it to be a powerful tool, both in better understanding the experience, as well as to help in conveying the richness and depth of peoples' lives to others.
He has a deep interest in relating, bringing awareness to the unconscious, and heart resonance. He also frequently studies the intersections of consciousness and quantum physics, Zen Buddhism and other non-dual teachings.
Presentation: Seeing ourselves through the lens of relational loving presence, an experiential introduction to the Standing Waves method.