Contemplative Studies Initiative & Concentration

  • Please join the Catherine Kerr Vital Energy in Health and Healing Series for a workshop with Sifu Donald Wong   on A Taste of Qigong. This workshop will be held on May 14th from 10 am - 1 pm, EDT at the Brown/RISD Hillel (80 Brown St., Providence), Winnick Chapel.  Please RSVP to [email protected] at your earliest possible convenience. If you do attend, wear loose fitting clothing, bring a bottle of water and a towel.


  • We are excited to be able to offer an array of Contemplative Studies courses for Fall 2022. Click to learn more!

  •  Please join the Brown Contemplative Studies Initiative, Department of Music, Department of Religious Studies and the Center for Contemporary South Asia for a Vocal and Sarangi Recital with Nitin Mitta, Matthew Rahaim and Suhail Yusuf Khan on April 22nd from 7 - 8:30 pm in Friedman Hall, Rm. 102.  This concert is free and open to the public.





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

  •  Contemplative Studies honors the people and cultures of Asia from whom we take the inspiration for the unique perspectives of our field.  From them, we take seriously the premise that contemplative experience must fully and critically inform our studies of human nature and the social and environmental contexts we inhabit. We value all the diverse peoples and cultures of the world and unequivocally condemn the wave of anti-Asian racism sweeping our country at the moment.  (FOR A COMPLETE STATEMENT, PLEASE CLICK ON THE ABOVE TITLE)





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Faculty Profile

Sara Lazar

Sara W. Lazar, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The focus of her research is to elucidate the neural mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of yoga and meditation, both in clinical settings and in healthy individuals. She has been practicing yoga and mindfulness meditation since 1994. Her research has been covered by numerous news outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, and WebMD.   Professor Lazar is teaching The Cognitive Neuroscience of Mediation, COST 1020, at Brown this semester.  More information can be found at


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