Contemplative Studies Initiative and Concentration

Upcoming Events

The Contemplative Studies Fall Event Series will feature the following:

Tuesday 9/25/12 5:30 - 7:30 Petteruti Lounge

Prof. Rupert Gethin, University of Bristol: "The Good, the Bad and the Undetermined: Reflections on the Abhidharma Listing and Classification of dharmas" (Co-sponsored with the Department of Religious Studies)

Tuesday 10/23/12 5:30 - 7:30 Petteruti Lounge

Dr. James Austin, M.D., Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine: "Meditating Selflessly: Practical Neural Zen" (co-sponsored by the Alpert School of Medicine Scholarly Concentration Program)

Thursday, 11/01/12 5:30-7:30 Smith-Buanano 106

Prof. Morten Schlutter, University of Iowa: "Reciting the Name of the Buddha as a Koan in Chan and Pure Land Buddhism" (tentative title) (Co-sponsored with the Department of Religious Studies)

Friday 11/30/12 5:30-7:30 (location TBA)

Dr. Judson Brewer, M.D., Yale University School of Medicine (title TBA) (Co-Sponsored with the Alpert Medical School Scholarly Concentration in Contemplative Studies)

Our Contemplative Studies Spring Event Series, 2012, included the following:

On April 12-14, renowned contemplative composer and musician David Hykes, visited Brown to give a lecture and demonstration, a concert at AS220 in Providence, and a seminar on Harmonic Music. The events were co-sponsored by the Department of Music and the Office of Campus Religious Life

On March 20 Melissa Rinne, ’89, Associate Curator of Japanese Art at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, gave an enthralling lecture on the meditative art of producing Japanese bamboo baskets and sculptures entitled "The Artist's Mind, the Artisan's Hand."

On March 4, Dr. Mitchell Levy MD, Professor of Medicine at the Brown University Medical School and Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Rhode Island Hospital, Acarya and Guiding Teacher of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Providence led a workshop introducing Tibetan Buddhist Meditation. 

On February 24, Dr. Jared Lindahl, visiting professor at Wesleyan University's Religious Studies department, presented a brilliant and comprehensive lecture entitled "Stages of the Path: Buddhist Meditation from Humanistic and Scientific Perspectives."