to The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society's
root of the word "contemplation" literally means
"marking out the grounds of a temple or sacred space".
At The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, we are committed
to helping people and institutions learn to create sacred
space in daily life. We hope this seasonal newsletter will
give you a better idea of what we're up to and provide you
with ideas to support your own journey on this path.
- What does
it feel like to wish happiness for your enemies? If your enemies
were truly happy, would they still be your enemies? Would they
engage in activities that would make them your enemies?
is from "Building a Contemplation Nation," a list of ideas
to help create more spaciousness and reflection in everyday life.
The list is available online
as a .pdf document to make it easy to print out and post.
on Contemplative Practice in Higher Education
May 9 - 11, 2003, The Center co-sponsored the "Regional Symposium
on Contemplative Practice in Higher Education" at Amherst College
in Amherst, Massachusetts. Educators and other academic professionals
spent a lively weekend exchanging ideas and experiences to advance
the use of contemplative practice in colleges and universities in
The full report
on the symposium is now available on our website.
The Empty Scoop will keep you posted on plans for future symposia
in other regions of the U.S.!
Our website is full of goodies that you may not know about. One
of them is the "Contemplative Culturewatch", where we
keep an eye on the ways that contemplative practices are turning
up in surprising places (like in your seat pocket on a Jetblue airplane!).
Culturewatch also features stories about the rich history of contemplative
awareness and spirituality in social action. The focus of this season's
Culturewatch is on the use of contemplative practices in education.
Check it out at www.contemplativemind.org/resources/culturewatch!
Force More Powerful"
On Friday, August 8, 2003, The Center will co-sponsor a showing
of the film "A Force More Powerful" in Northampton, Massachusetts,
to commemorate the anniversary of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombings.
The film portrays six stories about powerful nonviolent actions
that helped to change the world, such as Gandhi's Salt March in
India. In each case, contemplative awareness helped to sustain nonviolent
resistance to oppressive conditions.
the work of The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society! At this
challenging time for raising funds, when foundations are cutting
back their grants, we really need you! Your donations will help
us to continue our work in the fields of higher education, law,
youth programs, and educating the public about the essential role
of contemplative practices in society. Visit
Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
199 Main Street, Suite 3
Northampton, MA 01060
phone: (413) 582-0071 - fax: (413) 582-1330
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