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Graduate student symposium on mass meditation


From Scott Mitchell:

Friends and associates,

I wish to cordially welcome you to the following symposium at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, Friday October 6, 1:00 -5:00.

Mass Meditation: Practices and Discourses in Contemporary Global Buddhisms

The 4th yearly graduate student symposium at the Institute of Buddhists Studies takes a look at the appeal of meditation practices in modern internationalBuddhisms Papers will provide a series of scholarship from historic viewpoints on the contemporary origins of a variety of mindfulness practices; clinical research studies of Buddhist practice and globalized Buddhist feedback loops; and relative research studies throughout customs, in between the nonreligious and the sectarian, and the contemporary and the standard.

Keynote Address:
Dr Erik Braun, University of Virginia
“The Morals of Mindfulness”

Erik Braun is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University ofVirginia He is the author of The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw (University of Chicago Press, 2013), co-winner of the 2014 Toshihide Numata Book Prize inBuddhism He focuses on Burmese Buddhism in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Pāli literature, and globalizing types of meditative practice that come from Burma.

Graduate Speakers:
David Pating, Institute of Buddhist Studies
Beyond Mindfulness: Other Neurosciences and Other Buddhisms

Sung Ha Yun, University of California, Los Angeles
Sot’ aesan’s Mindfulness Practice in the Context of Modern Korean Buddhist Reformation

Julia Stenzel, McGill University
The Phenomenon of Secular Compassion Training and its Loop Back Effect on Traditional Buddhist Discourses

Solomon P. Botwick-Ries, Marlboro College
From “Mindful Eating” to Eating Mindfully: a Critical-Constructive Theology

1:00 p.m. Welcome remarks
1:15– 3:30 p.m. Graduate Speakers
4:00– 5:00 p.m. Keynote Adress

For more info on this occasion, to RSVP, and to get updates, please visit our Facebook page.

This occasion is supported in part by BDK America and the Asia Project at the Graduate Theological Union.

Scott Mitchell

About Jovan Maud

I’m a speaker in the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Georg-August University, Göttingen,Germany Interests consist of: global spiritual networks, popular religious beliefs in Thailand, spiritual tourist and commodification, and digital sociology.


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