Tuesday 9/25/12, 5:30 - 7:30
Petteruti Lounge in the Stephen Roberts '62 Campus Center
"The Good, the Bad and the Undetermined: Reflections on the Abhidharma Listing and Classification of dharmas".
Dr. Rupert Gethin, Professor of Buddhist Studies
Director of the Centre for Buddhist Studies
University of Bristol
Professor Gethin’s main interest is in the origins and development of Buddhist thought in the Pali Nikayas and Abhidharma. He is the author of four books and many articles in these areas including Sayings of the Buddha: New Translations from the Pali Nikayas (Oxford, 2008), Summary of Topics of Abdhidhamma and Expositions of the Topics of Abhidhamma (with R.P. Wijeratne) (PTS, 2002), and the very widely read The Foundations of Buddhism (Oxford, 1998).
Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, 5:30-7:30pm
Religious Studies Seminar Room (101)
59 George Street
Contemplative Studies Open House
Join us for good food and conversation! An excellent opportunity to meet faculty and concentrators, and learn more about what we do.
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, 5:30-7:30pm
"Meditating Selflessly: Practical Neural Zen"
Dr. James Austin, M.D., Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine
(co-sponsored by the Alpert School of Medicine Scholarly Concentration Program)
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 5:30-7:30*
"Buddha-recitation as Koan in Chinese Chan (Zen) Buddhism"
Prof. Morten Schlütter, University of Iowa
Dr.Schlütter holds an M.A. degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University in 1998, and joined the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Iowa.
Dr.Schlütter's research interests center broadly on Chinese Buddhism and Chinese religions (especially Chan, [Japanese: Zen]). He is the author of How Zen became Zen: The Dispute of Enlightenment and the Formation of Chan Buddhism in Song-Dynasty China (University of Hawaii Press, 2010) and many articles in these areas, and is the co-editor of Readingsof the Platform Sutra with Stephen F. Teiser (Columbia University Press, 2011).
Co-sponsored with the Department of Religious Studies
**Please note this event was originally scheduled for Nov. 1, but due to travel complications because of Hurricane Sandy, the event has been postponed one week, and will occurr on Nov. 8.
Saturday, November 3, 2012 10:30am-2:30pm
"Rinzai Zen Practice: A Short Introduction"
Rinzai Zen Monk, Dokuro R. Jaeckel.
Rinzai Zen Monk Dokuro R. Jaeckel, ordained in the lineage of Zen Master Kyozan Joshu Sasaki-Roshi, will introduce the basic principles of practice. The workshop will include sitting zen meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), chanting, and questions and answers with the teacher.
Tickets are $30, and $10 with Brown/RISD ID. Tickets will go on sale at 12:oopm on Oct. 24, and available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/285927
Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 5:30-730pm
Smith Buonano 106
"Please Pay Attention Now, It May Change Your Brain: Neurobiological Mechanisms and he Clinical Utility of Mindfulness Meditation."
Dr. Judson Brewer, M.D., Yale University School of Medicine .
Recent evidence has suggested that mindfulness meditation may help treat a number of health-related problems, from anxiety to addictions to psoriasis. However, little is known about the underlying neurobiological mechanisms of this training. New research at Yale University has begun to unravel these mysteries in both clinical studies o addictions such as smoking, and more basic research involoving experienced meditation practioners. Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, will discuss the latest findings from his laboratory at Yale, and how these might apply to our own daily lives.
Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, and the Medical Director of the Yale Therapeutic Neuroscience Clinic. His primary research interest is the elucidation of neurobilogical mechanisms underlying the interface between stress, mindfulness and the addictive process, and in developing effective means for the modulation of these processes to improve treatments for stress-related disorders.
(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 AS 220 in Providence, and a seminar on Harmonic Music. The events were c0-sponsored by teh 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 Lindhal, visiting professor at Wesleyan University's Religious Studies department, presented a brillian and comprehensive lecture entitled "States of the Path: Buddhist Meditation from Humanistic and Scientific Perspectives."