The College Curriculum Council has approved Contemplative Studies as a scholarly concentration, the first of its kind in North America. The concentration will have two main tracks, one focused on the sciences, and the other on the humanities. Both tracks require coursework in neuroscience, cognitive science as well as philosophy and religion. For more details, please check out the Brown Daily Herald article announcing the news.
The Brown Daily Heraldhas recently highlighted a new study by Prof. Willoughby Britton, Psychiatry and Human Willoughby Britton Behavior, Brown University and Prof. Jared Lindahl, Professor of Religion at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina.
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.