Buddhist Mind Mapping Workshop
【人間社記者 Miào cáng San Diego報導】 2017-12-06
  • 圖說:Ven.Miao Wei concluded her presentation on the Mind Mapping Workshop 人間社記者Cindy Cheu攝

What is mind mapping and what is it for? During the weekend of December 2nd and 3rd, Hsi Fang Temple, San Diego was honored by the visit of Venerable Miao Wei to present on the topic of mind mapping, and how we can use it from remembering simple content like a shopping list to more in complex concepts about Buddhism. There were two versions of the presentation, one in English that was open to the community; and the second one in Chinese for elder temple members. The events were publicized for several months, and both lectures had a great turn out in attendance.

The presentation format was divided into three sections: defining and explaining mind mapping, in class demonstrations, and individual projects to practice mind mapping. The presentation was very informative and provided attendees with a practical understanding on how to use this tool for remembering. The class demonstrations served as real-time examples of how simple and effective mind mapping is. The key is using both our logic and creative brain processes for memorization. The step process of mind mapping involves: 1) having the desired content to remember, 2) having the tools to create a mind map (white paper, colors or access to mind mapping software), and 3) using key words from the desired content for creating topic branches with both words and images that will be used in the memorization process. The time the user spends in creating and reviewing the mind map will lead to remembering the details without the need of the original piece of content (for example, a shopping list, a family tree, a news or academic article, a lecture presentation, etc.).

One key driving point of the presentation was how “understanding does not equal remembering.” To explain this further, the presenter explained how when we were children in school, part of our learning process involved memorization, now as adults our focus is more on broad understanding but not on remembering verbatim. Mind mapping helps us all to remember more and for a longer time. Both logic and creative thinkers are able to use this tool in developing learning skills to remember things better. The techniques taught in this presentation referred to the Mind Mapping Project and its creator Tony Buzan. For more information, anyone can look up “mind mapping” online to learn more about this tool and available software.

After this workshop, everyone has discovered another "key" in unlocking the unlimited potential of our mind.