Contemplative Studies Initiative & Concentration

  • Please join Brown Contemplative Studies for a lecture by Pir Zia Inayat Khan on October 25th  from 5:30 - 7 pm in Foxboro Auditorium, Kassar House.  Pir Zia will be lecturing on The Sufi Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan.  This will be followed by a workshop on October 26th from 10 am - 1 pm in the Crystal Room of Alumnae Hall.  The workshop is entitled:  Concentration, Contemplation, Meditation and Realization.  Both events are free and open to the public.

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

  • Please join Brown Contemplative Studies for a Qigong and Tai Chi Workshop with Master Wen-Ching Wu on Sunday, October 13th from 10 am - 12 pm at Brown/RISD Hillel, Goldfarb Social Hall.  This event is $10 for general admission and $5 for Brown and RISD faculty, staff and students.  To register online please go to:




  • We are excited to be able to offer an array of Contemplative Studies courses for Fall 2019. Click to learn more!

  • Check out our new lectures and events for the Fall Season!


Faculty Profile

Larson DiFiori

Larson Di Fiori is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Religious Studies. He received a Masters in Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford and a Doctorate in Religious Studies from Brown University. His current research focuses on the early intertextual uses of the Laozi, and what they tell us about the role the Laozi played in its surrounding intellectual and cultural environment. At Brown he has taught courses on Chinese Philosophy, the theory and history of Qigong and Taijiquan, and the Contemplative Foundations of Classical Daoism.


Wed, October 23, 2019 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Fri, October 25, 2019 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Sat, October 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wed, October 30, 2019 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Mon, November 11, 2019 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM