Contemplative Studies Initiative & Concentration

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

  • Brown University’s Contemplative Studies Initiative and the Carney Institute for Brain Science present Dr. Julienne Bower, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry/Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA who will speak on Mind-Body Interventions: Effects on Mental and Physical Health on January 27th from 7 - 8:30 pm, EST. To register, contact [email protected]


  •  Please join Brown’s Department of Philosophy, the Contemplative Studies Initiative and the Department of Religious Studies for our fifth lecture in the Zen Comes West Series by Professor Bret Davis, Loyola University Maryland.  Professor Davis will lecture on Language and Experience in Zen and the Kyoto School on November 12th from 3:30 - 5:30 pm, EST.  This is a hybrid event which will be held simultaneously in Smith Buonanno 106 and via Zoom.  To receive a Zoom link, please contact [email protected].  The lecture is free and open to the public. 





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

  •  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