Session 10: Through Compassion to Serenity in the Mindful Viewing of Japanese Films

Egg Harbor, WI US
August 6, 2018 to August 10, 2018

“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

This seminar aims at a mindfulness experience through viewing five Japanese films in which inspiring characters embody positive psychological qualities (compassion, courage, forgiveness, gratefulness, wisdom, serenity) for the purpose of renewing these qualities in our lives and in our work with patients. These films engender mindfulness, evoke compassion, and lead viewers to serenity through their embodiment of exquisite Japanese aesthetic concepts that are accessible to all viewers. One film is shown on each of the five days with an introduction and centering process to begin the session and processing after the film focusing on the participant's own experience of the movie. Optional, non-CME evening sessions are offered in which an additional film is shown and processed. Movies take on an exquisite cumulative power when shown over five days in a group setting that is truly remarkable and unforgettable.

Monday “Twenty-Four Eyes” (1954) Optional evening film “Dream Window: Reflections on the Japanese Garden” (1992)
Tuesday “The Burmese Harp” (1956); Optional evening film “A German Requiem”
Wednesday “Ikiru” (1952)
Thursday “Tokyo Story” (1953) Optional evening film “Rhapsody in August” (1991)
Friday “Departures” (2008)




Target Audience

This advanced seminar is geared to mental health and health professionals.

Learning Objectives

(1) Describe viewing films from a mindfulness perspective

(2) Identify strengths of film characters related to positive psychological qualities

(3) Discuss how to help patients view films from a mindfulness perspective to embody positive psychological qualities

(4) Use lessons learned in the seminar to work with patients and colleagues

Additional information

CME Coordinator Contact Information

Brenda Konczal
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 955-7250
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 15.00 AAFP
    AAFP credit.
  • 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 15.00 APA
    APA credit.
  • 15.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
08/06/2018 - 9:00am
Event ends: 
08/10/2018 - 12:15pm
The Landmark Resort and Conference Center
4929 Landmark Drive
Egg Harbor, WI 54209
United States

The Landmark Resort

4929 Landmark Drive
Egg Harbor, Wisconsin 54209
Reservations (800) 273-7877


Francis Lu, MD, is the Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, Emeritus, at the University of CA, Davis. As a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Lu has contributed to cultural psychiatry, psychiatric education, film and psychiatry, and religion and spirituality. Since 1987, he has co-led 34 film seminars at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. In 2008, the American Psychiatric Foundation awarded him its Advancing Minority Mental Health Award, and the Association for Academic Psychiatry awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award. He is Secretary of the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture and on the Board of the World Association for Cultural Psychiatry.

All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to disclose.


ACCME Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™   . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 15 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

APA Credit for Psychololgists:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MCW maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Attendance at all sessions is required, partial credit will not be awarded.

This activity contains content or processes that may be potentially stressful.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is registered with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation as a Continuing Education Sponsor for social workers (license number 159-000664).

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Available Credit

  • 15.00 AAFP
    AAFP credit.
  • 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 15.00 APA
    APA credit.
  • 15.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


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Registration prior to May 18, 2018 = $560 after May 18, 2018 = $610.00

Tuition includes course materials and continental breakfast.

Purchase an additional 5 DAY session and receive a $100.00 discount. Use coupon code: +DCSI

Please note: A $15.00 non-refundable processing fee is assessed on registrations.