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The Empty Scoop
e-newsletter of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

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The Latin 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.

In this issue...


"Building a Contemplation Nation":

  • 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?

This suggestion 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.


Regional Symposium
on Contemplative Practice in Higher Education

Arthur Zajonc at the SymposiumOn 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 Northeast.

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.!

Website Feature:

Contemplative Culturewatch
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!

Events & Announcements:

"A 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.

Help Support the Center!

Please support 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

Contact Information:

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
199 Main Street, Suite 3
Northampton, MA 01060
phone: (413) 582-0071 - fax: (413) 582-1330
general email:

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