A talk and discussion on Buddhist psychology and integrating it into everyday life will be offered by Nancy Hathaway Thursday, April 29, from 5-7 p.m. at the Belfast Dance Studio. Hathaway will speak on particular topics of Buddhist psychology.

She began her studies in Buddhism in 1974 at Kopan, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas. She has studied with numerous teachers in the Zen, Vipassana and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, living in a Zen temple for six years. She is a senior dharma teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen and the Cambridge Zen Center in Cambridge, Mass. She has been on  numerous Zen center boards of directors and presently is on the board of the Morgan Bay Zendo in Surry.

Hathaway leads meditation retreats, Zen tea ceremonies and workshops on Buddhism. She is the founder of Center for Studying Mindfulness in Blue Hill, where she teaches mindfulness-based stress reduction in an eight-week program, two-day intensives and workshops. She is also the founder of the program Being Present with Our Children in Cambridge, Mass., in 1990.

She is published by Shambala Publications, including an essay in “Best Buddhist Writing 2006,” along with the Dalai Lama and Thich Naht Hanh. She interned and worked with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., in the Mindfuless-based Stress Reduction Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and in the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.

She teaches Mindfulness at the Continuing Education Center at the University of Southern Maine and has taught at Harvard Work and Family Center, MIT, Brandeis, UMaine Orono and numerous hospitals in Maine. Hathaway has a short feature radio how on WERU on Saturday mornings at 7:30 called “Tips for Mindful Parenting.” She has a private counseling practice in Surry, Westbrook and Cambridge, Mass., where she works with couples, families and individuals.