Fostering An Interdisciplinary Field of Contemplative Studies

I’m in Boston, where I am attending International Symposium for Contemplative Studies, sponsored by the Mind & Life Institute, an organization that aims to learn from the “pairing the oldest wisdom traditions with cutting-edge scientific research, contemplative science uncovers groundbreaking and holistic insights into the human mind and condition.” The Symposium “seeks to encourage and help shape a cohesive interdisciplinary field of contemplative studies.”

I’ll be speaking Sunday morning, delivering a talk titled A Comparison of the Thematic Unfolding of Experiences in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and the Tibetan Buddhist Lam.rim Meditations. It’s a handful of a title, I know, but I couldn’t come up with a shorter one. In the meantime, I have an amazing array of sessions to choose from over the next two days, supplemented by various meditation sessions.

Tonight was the opening keynote, delivered by Diana Chapman Walsh, former president of Wellesley College. She gave an inspiring talk on Education for Ethical and Compassionate Leadership, focusing on the need for higher education (and society as a whole) to shift from emphasizing independence and competition to emphasizing connection, mutuality and interdependence.

Tomorrow morning opens with a Keynote by the Dalai Lama. I always enjoy his talks and am looking forward to it.

I’ll try to share some other thoughts about the symposium tomorrow or Saturday.


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