Shinzen Young

The Contemplative Studies Initiative is pleased to announce the month long residence of its first Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Shinzen Young.  Funded through the generous support of the Lenz Foundation and the Hershey Family Foundation, during his residency, Shinzen will present lectures and public talks, mindfulness workshops, and provide personal mindfulness coaching for undergraduates, graduates, staff and faculty at Brown.  In addition he will be guest lecturing in numerous classes and advising faculty on the implementation of mindfulness practices in their courses - contemplative pedagogy.  

Shinzen Young became fascinated with Asian culture while a teenager in Los Angeles.  Later he enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Buddhist Studies at the University of Wisconsin.Shinzen YoungShinzen Young

Eventually, he went to Asia and did extensive training in each of the three major Buddhist traditions: Vajrayana, Zen, and Vipassana.  Upon returning to the United States, his academic interest shifted to the burgeoning dialoguebetween Eastern meditation and Western Science.

Shinzen is known for innovative "interactive, alogrithmic approach" to mindfulness, a system specifically designed for use in pain management, recovery support, and as an adjunct to psychotherapy.  

He leads meditation retreats throughout North America and has helped establish numerous mindfulness centers and programs.  He also consults widely on meditation-related research, in both the clinical and the basic science of domains.  

He often says:

 "My life's passion lies in exploring what may arise from the cross-fertilization of the best of the East and the best of the West."

 Please check out his website at

Upcoming events include:

The Science of Enlightenment
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013
5:30pm, RI Hall 108

Mindfulness Workshops

  •  Sat., Feb. 16 and Sun., Feb. 17, 9:30am-3:00pm
    Ashamu Dance Studio (77 Waterman Street) 

  • Saturday, Feb. 23, 10am-3pm and Sunday, Feb. 24, 11am-4pm
    Winnick Chapel, Hillel (80 Brown Street)

  • Sat,, March 2 and Sunday, March 3, 10am-4pm
    Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall (194-200 Meeting Street)

Tickets are $35 general admission/$5 with Brown/RISD ID and are available at:


Please note that registration is per weekend, whether you can attend both days or not. The Saturday workshop is foundational: Sunday only participation is not possible.

Schedule: There will be a short lunch break in the middle of the day. No food will be permitted in the Workshop Space. Feel free to bring your own lunch; there are also plenty of options in the area.

Meditation Space: We have a limited number of zafus and zabutons, about 40 in all. If you have your own feel free to bring them. Chairs will also be available.

Clothes: Bring loose fitting clothing for sitting in meditation. Changing areas available in nearby rest rooms.

Preparation: Shinzen asks that, if you have time in advance, please read the Introduction and Chapter one of his online manual, "Five Ways to Know Yourself: An Introduction to Basic Mindfulness.", entered into a Google Search, will locate this document. The reading is pp. 1-28. Additional reading is always welcome.

The Workshop will alternate between meditation theory, practical instructions, actual practice time, and questions and answers. 

To download flyers for his upcoming events please see the pdfs below.  Check back frequently for more up to date information.