Sharon SalzbergBrown Contemplative Studies Initiative is pleased to announce a visit by renowned meditation leader, Sharon Salzberg on November 1st and 2nd. Sharon has been a student of meditation since 1971 and leading retreats worldwide since 1974. She teaches both intensive awareness practice (vispassana or insight meditation) and the profound cultivation of lovingkindness and compassion (the Brahma Viharas).
Brown University Hispanic Studies Professor and long time Contemplative Studies Initiative faculty member, Victoria Pehl Smith, has published a new book on yogic practice particularly aimed at stressed out college students. Titled, Yoga for College: Balance and Transformation, is an e-book, available for purchase at the following site: http://www.yogaforcollege.com.
Renowned meditation leader and scholar, Shinzen Young visits the Brown Contemplative Studies Initiative as its firstShinzen Young at Meditation Workshop Contemplative Mentor in Residence. Shinzen has completed extensive training in Asia in each of three major Buddhist traditions, Vajrayana, Zen, and Vipassana. He is known for innovative "interactive, alogrithmic approach to mindfulness, a system designed for use in pain management, recovery support, and as an adjucnt to psychotherapy.
On August 31, Catherine E. Kerr, Director of Translational Neuroscience, Contemplative Studies Initiative, and AssistantCatherine Kerr Professor of Family Medicine, gave a plenary address to the North American Esther Thelan Research Symposium on "Embodying Neuroscience" held in San Mateo, CA. The lecture was titled, "Keeping Body Awareness in Mind: Top-Down Modulation of Sensorimotor Brain Rhythms as a Therapeutic Mechanism." Other plenary speakers included Dr.
Takeo WatanabeRenowned cognitive scientist, Takeo Watanabe, has moved his Visual Cognition Laboratory from Boston University to the Brown Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences. The new lab will be called the "Watanabe Laboratory for Perceptual and Cognitive Learning," and includes Associate Professor Yuka Sasaki and a team of 20 post-doctoral and graduate students.