The Brown University “Virtual Contemplative Mentors in Residence Program” makes tradition-based contemplative practices available to students and faculty at Brown University. Our Contemplative Mentors in Residence are all skilled practitioners in their respective traditions and also PhD-level scholars who have extensive experience teaching at institutions of higher education in Asia, North America and Europe. Our mentors will teach weekly in the noon hour Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for 10 weeks during each term of the upcoming academic year. The Summer Sessions start the week of May 10th. On Mondays, there is Thai Samatha Meditation with Sarah Shaw. On Wednesdays, there is Chinese Qigong Moving Meditation with Larson DiFiori. And on Fridays, there is Japanese Rinzai Meditation with Masaki Matsubara.
As a Brown Faculty member, if you are interested in participating yourself, incorporating one of the practices into your syllabus, or recommending it to students to see what it’s like to develop a consistent contemplative practice, we strongly recommend – but do not require – that you sign up for the entire 10-week period this semester. If you are a Brown student, you are welcome to “shop” the first sessions during the first two weeks of May and then decide. Casual participation is also possible but not recommended. Send your decision to [email protected] with “Virtual Contemplative Mentors” in the subject line.