Contemplative Studies Initiative & Concentration

  • Please join the Brown Program in Contemplative Studies for upcoming events with Reverend Kawakami, on Friday, Febuary 9, for a lecture on "Bringing Zen into the 21st Century: One Zen Priest's Perspective" and Saturday, Februrary 10, for a workshop on "Modern Zen Practice: The Fusion of Eastern and Western Approaches". Click here to find out more!


  • Check out our new lectures and events for the spring season!

  • Congratulations to Joe! Click to read more about this exceptional student!

  • The Brown University Contemplative Studies Initiative, with the support of the Hershey Family Foundation, announces a program of grants to support Brown Arts and Sciences students who would like to participate in a Contemplative Retreat in 2017.  Awards range from up to $350 for non-Contemplative Studies Concentrators and up to $750 for Contemplative Studies Concentrators.  Click to find out more!

  • We are excited to be able to offer an array of Contemplative Studies courses for Spring 2018. Click to learn more!

Faculty Profile

Srinivas Reddy

Srinivas Reddy is a scholar, translator and musician. He trained in classical South Asian languages and literatures at Brown University and the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests incorporate translation studies, Vijayanagara history and classical Indian music theory and practice.  His publications include Krishnadevaraya’s Telugu epic Amuktamalyada: The Giver of the Worn Garland, Kalidasa’s play Malavikagnimitram: The Dancer and the King, and Kalidasa's classic Meghadutam: The Cloud Message. Srinivas is also a concert sitarist and has given numerous recitals around the world.