Mar 16, 2023

A live online conversation with Norman Farb, Ph.D., Juanita Campbell Rasmus, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal, and host Alejandro Chaoul-Reich, Ph.D.

Major depression can drain all color from your life; and even as its debilitating symptoms dwindle, it has a way of returning, over and over. How do you know if you’re depressed? Can meditation help to ease the symptoms? Can it help those in recovery to avoid relapse? Our expert panelists share their perspectives from the realms of scientific research, spirituality, and direct personal experience.

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This CyberSangha broadcast is part of Month 1 in a free yearlong program of live online teachings, practices, and science & spirituality dialogs. Other related events during the month include:

  • Friday, March 3, 12 noon New York time: “Embracing Depression, Cultivating Joy,” a live online teaching and guided meditation with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.
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  • Monday, March 6, 10 a.m. New York time through Tuesday, March 7, 10 a.m.:  24-Hour Full Moon Practice, “Embracing Depression, Cultivating Joy.” Opens with a teaching and meditation guided by Marcy Vaughn.
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About the Presenters


Juanita Campbell Rasmus is a transformational coach, author, and speaker with a passion for coaching people to live their most expansive lives. Juanita co-leads the St. John’s Church in downtown Houston with her husband, Rudy. She travels to speak on spirituality and the transformational lessons she learned after a life-altering major depressive episode. Juanita chronicled her “dark night of the soul” moment in her memoir, Learning to Be: Finding Your Center After The Bottom Falls Out, InterVarsity Press, 2020. She is also the author of Forty Days on Being A One (Enneagram Daily Reflections), InterVarsity Press, 2021.


Norman Farb, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, where he directs the Regulatory and Affective Dynamics Laboratory. He studies the psychology of well-being with a focus on mental habits, such as how we think about ourselves and interpret our emotions. He is particularly interested in why people differ in their resilience to stress, depression, and anxiety. Professor Farb’s work currently explores online training to support well-being, as well as neuroimaging to understand how emotional reactions predict mental health over one’s lifespan.


Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is an acclaimed author and a respected teacher of students worldwide. He completed an 11-year course of traditional studies at the Bön Dialectic School at Menri Monastery near Dolanji, India, and was awarded his geshe degree in 1986. He now lives as a householder, and has been living and teaching in the West for more than 30 years. As the founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha International, he has established numerous centers and institutes of learning in the United States, Mexico, South America, Europe and India. He regularly offers online teachings in the form of live webcasts, online workshops and YouTube videos, and is renowned for his clear, engaging teaching style and his dedication to making the ancient Tibetan teachings highly accessible and relevant to the lives of Westerners. His many books include Awakening the Luminous Mind: Tibetan Meditation for Inner Peace and Joy and The True Source of Healing: How the Ancient Tibetan Practice of Soul Retrieval Can Transform and Enrich Your Life (Hay House, 2015).
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Alejandro Chaoul-Reich, Ph.D. (moderator) serves as director of research for Ligmincha International. He has studied in the Tibetan traditions since 1989, and for nearly 30 years in the Bön Tradition with Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. He holds a Ph.D. in Tibetan religions from Rice University and is the director of the Mind Body Spirit Institute at the Jung Center of Houston. For the last 20 years he has been teaching and researching the benefits of Tibetan mind-body practices for people touched by cancer. He is a Contemplative Fellow at the Mind & Life Institute, and is the author of Chöd Practice in the Bön Tradition (Snow Lion, 2009), Tibetan Yoga for Health & Well-Being (Hay House, 2018), and Tibetan Yoga: Magical Movements of Body, Breath, and Mind (Wisdom Publications, 2021).