Contemplative Studies Fall Events

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VIRTUAL CONTEMPLATIVE MENTORS IN RESIDENCE SESSIONS

Topic: Thai Samatha Meditation with Sarah Shaw
Time: September 20, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Mon, until November 22, 2021, 10 occurrence(s)
     

Topic: Chinese Qigong Moving Meditation with Larson DiFiori
Time: September 22, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Wed, until November 24, 2021, 10 occurrence(s)
     

Topic:  Rinzai Zen Meditation with Masaki Matsubara
Time: Septembrer 24, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Fri, until November 26, 2021, 10 occurrence(s)

 

LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS

October 1 – Sienna Craig, Dartmouth College
Co-Sponsored with Anthropology and the Center for Contemporary South Asia
Workshop:  9:30 – 11 am (In Person)
Workshop:  Listening for Concepts: An Ethnographic Writing Workshop
Giddings Hall, Rm. 212

Lecture:  1 – 2:30 pm (In Person and via Zoom -- please contact [email protected] for Zoom link)
Lecture:  Care, Belonging, and Attunement to Stories: Himalayan Lives between Nepal and New York
Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer St.

Abstract: Care, Belonging, and Attunement to Stories: Himalayan Lives between Nepal and New York

For centuries, people from Mustang, Nepal, have relied on agriculture, pastoralism, and trade as a way of life. Seasonal migrations to South Asian cities for trade as well as temporary wage labor abroad and Mustang-based tourism have shaped their experiences for decades. Yet, more recently, permanent migrations to New York City are reshaping lives and social worlds. Mustang has experienced one of the highest rates of depopulation in contemporary Nepal—a profoundly visible transformation that contrasts with the relative invisibility of Himalayan migrants in New York. Drawing on more than two decades of fieldwork with people in and from Mustang, The Ends of Kinship: Connecting Himalayan Lives between Nepal and New York, the book on which this presentation is based combines narrative ethnography and short fiction to engage with foundational questions in cultural anthropology: How do different generations abide with and understand each other? How are traditions defended and transformed in the context of new mobilities? Craig draws on khora – Tibetan Buddhist concepts of cyclic existence as well as the daily contemplative act of circumambulating the sacred – to theorize cycles of movement and patterns of world-making, shedding light on how kinship remains both firm and flexible in the face of migration. From a high Himalayan kingdom to the streets of Brooklyn and Queens, The Ends of Kinship asks how individuals, families, and communities care for each other and carve out spaces of belonging in and through diaspora, at the nexus of environmental, economic, and cultural change. This presentation will also touch on the ways that COVID-19 is impacting Mustang lives from Nepal to New York, and how Himalayan cultural practices and Tibetan Buddhist philosophies are shaping their responses to this pandemic.

Zen and the West Lecture Series:

October 11 – David Loy, Ph.D.
Co-Sponsored with the Diversity Committee of the Mindfulness Center at Brown
Special Indigenous Peoples' Day Seminar discussing his article, Racism as Delusion: A Buddhist Perspective (Virtual)
For the Zoom Link, please contact [email protected]

October 20 – Michel Mohr, University of Hawaii
Lecture:  7 - 8:30 pm, EDT (Virtual)
Nantenbō’s Staff, the Making of a Legend, and Rinzai Zen’s Struggle for Relevance
For the Zoom Link, please contact [email protected]

 

October 27 – Michel Mohr, University of Hawaii
Lecture:  7 - 8:30 pm, EDT  (Virtual)
Sōen’s Restlessness, Personal Trajectory, and Zen’s Unassuming International Outreach
For the Zoom Link, please contact [email protected]

 

November 4 – Richard Jaffe, Duke University
Co-Sponsored with Religious Studies
Lecture4 - 5:30 pm, EDT (Virtual)
D.T. Suzuki and the Transmission of Buddhism to the West
:  The Columbia Lectures
For the Zoom Link, please contact [email protected]

 November 11-12 - Bret Davis, Loyola University of Maryland
Co-Sponsored with Religious Studies and Philosophy
Lecture:  3:30 - 5:30 pm, EST (Hybrid)
The Kyoto School and German Phenomenology