Throughout history and across cultures, modes of formal education have embraced a contemplative aspect to the training of young people in scholarly disciplines. The goal of such contemplation has often been to gain perspective on one’s self, on life goals, and on society itself, as well as the development of spiritual strengths such as resilience, humility and interconnection. Many such contemplative practices are rooted in religious traditions. However, the intellectual pursuit of contemplative studies need not be tied to a particular faith. The growth of academic and popular interest in both the science and practice of various forms of meditation, including, but not limited to, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), attests to the profound capacity that guided reflection and self-inquiry can have in a variety of contexts, from classrooms to hospital rooms, and beyond.
This conference will bring together experts from Brown University with colleagues from Dartmouth and the greater Upper Valley community to discuss and practice contemplative studies, with a focus on why contemplative studies is needed, perhaps now more than ever; what contemplative curricula might look like at different ages and stages of education; how contemplative study and practice relates to medical education and practice. The event aims to inspire interdisciplinary and interfaith dialogue. Free and open to the public, with opportunities to try meditation, East Asian movement practices, and yoga!
Friday, September 20, 8:30am – 6pm
Saturday, September 21, 8:30am – 4pm