Contemplative Studies Initiative & Concentration

  • Please join us for a Sitar and Tabla Recital with Srinivas Reddy, Ajit Acharya, and Mat Becker on Tuesday, December 5th from 7 - 8:30 pm in Smith-Buonanno, Rm. 106.  This concert is free and open to the public.  

  • Please join the Brown Program in Contemplative Studies for An Introduction to Rinzai Zen Meditation with Rev., Dr. Masaki Matsubara, the Abbot of Butsumoji Monastery on Saturday, December 2nd from 10 am - 6 pm in the Crystal Rm., Alumnae Hall.  


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

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

  • We are excited to be able to offer an array of Contemplative Studies courses for Fall 2017. Click to learn more!


Faculty Profile

Jared Lindahl

Jared Lindahl is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and is director of the humanities research track in the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Lab.  In 2010 Dr. Lindahl began collaborating on the Varieties of Contemplative Experience research project, and in 2014 he came to Brown in order to direct the ongoing data collection and qualitative analysis.  He holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  His ongoing research continues to integrate historical and textual studies of contemplative traditions with phenomenological and neurobiological approaches in order to elucidate the relationship between contemplative practices, resultant experiences, and culturally situated appraisals of meaning and value


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