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THE YOUTH PROGRAM
Since 1999, the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society's Youth Program has introduced hundreds of young people to contemplative practices like meditation and yoga. Program Director Dan Edwards teaches young people contemplative methods to deal with stress, anger, and difficult situations, emphasizing nonviolence and empathy.
In Spring 2004, the
Center will launch the Mpower program.
Mpower will train youth workers from local community organizations how
to use contemplative practices in their work with adolescents. Our goal
is to empower participants with the skills necessary to develop, promote,
organize, facilitate, and implement long-term social change in their families,
schools, and communities. Find out more about Mpower!
NEWS FROM THE CENTER
News about the Center's work during the past few months...
Philanthropy & The Inner Life: Resources for Difficult Times
Participants brought forth topics such as learning to "walk more gently on the earth" using fewer resources, maintaining mindfulness in the workplace, letting go of roles and preconceptions in grantor/grantee relationships, catching creative moments, and remaining centered in a world of busyness and speed.
"I came searching for a meditative space and silence to prepare me for a tumultuous upcoming three weeks. I found that and more - warm welcomes, incredible beauty, peace and a wellspring of mindfulness that exists within me. I think the gentle spirit with which it was offered was as important as the material itself." -- Retreat Participant
Click here to read the retreat report.
Center Director Mirabai Bush moderated "Contemplation and Community," a symposium for 60 college and university chaplains, at the Garrison Institute from February 17th to 20th. Participants had a chance to learn about the contemplative practices of four religious traditions from Sufi master Sheikh Din Muhammad Abdullah al-Dayemi, Buddhist teacher Tara Brach, Father Thomas Keating, and Rabbi Sheila Weinberg. The chaplains discussed how these practices could be applied to their work with students and social justice issues.
Rev. William Sloane Coffin, former chaplain of Yale University and founder of SANE/FREEZE, spoke to the participants via a speakerphone and encouraged them to help their students broaden their perspective beyond charity to justice. Rev. Coffin said, "Charity does not affect the status quo. Justice leads you into political confrontation. Compassion often demands confrontation, in the tradition of Gandhi and King."
The event was hosted by the Garrison Institute, assisted by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. The mission of the Garrison Institute, located along the Hudson River in New York, is to provide a physical and intellectual form to address 21st Century issues through the wisdom of the great spiritual traditions.
Spiritual and Social Engagement in a Time of Empire
On March 4, the Center co-sponsored an evening conversation with three leaders of engaged spirituality: Roshi Bernie Glassman, Paula Green, and Sulak Sivaraksa. Nearly 200 people attended the event, held at First Churches in Northampton, MA.
Glassman (founder of the Greyston Mandala and Peacemaker Circles), Green (founder of Karuna Peacebuilding Center), and Sivaraksa (author and activist from Thailand), related stories about how their meditative practices and spiritual insights have informed their work for peace, both in the U.S. and internationally.
New article from
the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society:
"The Contemplative Organization"
An article based on the Center's research of the organizational use of contemplative practices was recently published in the Journal of Organizational Change Management, Volume 17, No. 1, pp. 43-61.
From the abstract: "As part of a qualitative research project to map the use of contemplative practices in secular settings, in-depth interviews were conducted with 79 people who have founded or lead organizations where contemplative practices play a key role. In a number of interviews, contemplative practices were introduced into the workplace not only as ancillary stress-reduction techniques for individuals, but as a core part of the organization's structure. As interviewees described how their organizations function, a number of characteristics pointed toward 'the contemplative organization' as an emerging model of an organization that infuses a contemplative approach into the workplace."
You can order a copy of the article from the publisher here.
Or you can view a
slightly different version of the article here.
UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND RETREATS
Learn how to bring contemplative awareness into your everyday life! In the coming months, there are a number of excellent retreats and conferences across the country for healthcare providers, business and nonprofit professionals, lawyers, elder care providers, educators, and social activists.
March 25 - 28, 2004: Conference: Integrating Mindfulness-Based Interventions into Medicine, Health Care, and Society; Worcester, MA
30 - April 2, 2004: Insight Dialogue: Meditation in Relationship
April 30 - May 5, 2004: The Power of Mindfulness: Transformative Retreat for Leaders and Innovators in Business and Non-Profit Organizations; Menla Mountain Retreat, NY
May 16 - 21, 2004: Contemplative Practice for Lawyers: Zen, Yoga, and Law Practice Dharma Retreat; Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Carmel Valley, CA
May 17 - 20, 2004: 2nd Annual Naropa University Conference on Contemplative and Holistic Approaches to End of Life and Elder Care; Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY
June 24 - 27, 2004: Contemplative Education Conference; Shambhala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes, CO
July 10 - 11, 2004: Sitting for Peace, Standing for Justice: Buddhist Peace Fellowship New England Conference; Amherst, MA
25 - 28, 2004
Sponsored by The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School
(508) 856-5493, or go to Integrating
Mindfulness-Based Interventions into Medicine, Health Care, and Society
- UMass Medical School for schedule and enrollment information.
Dialogue: Meditation in Relationship
30 - April 2, 2004
Greg Kramer will offer this Insight Dialogue Retreat specifically geared to the needs and challenges of Therapists and all Health Professionals. CEUs are available for Social Workers, Nurses and Counselors.
information, contact Sharon Beckman-Brindley, Ph.D.: sharonbb(at)ntelos.net,
Power of Mindfulness:
30 - May 5, 2004
This intensive retreat for leaders and innovators in business and non-profit organizations is an invitation to venture on this journey in the company of a small, select group of others leaders who are also looking for new ways of knowing and of being. These new ways of knowing and being can make a huge difference in one's life as a leader, an innovator, a creator, a person embedded in the warp and woof of personal, family, and professional life.
detailed brochure and registration information, please contact the Center
for Mindfulness at mindfulness(at)umassmed.edu or (508) 856-5493, or download
a brochure. Click
here for a registration form.
Practice for Lawyers:
- 21, 2004
This retreat is intended to give members of the legal profession an opportunity to unwind and explore contemplative practices. The retreat will offer MCLE credit; it will be gentle and simple. In this workshop we will explore meditation, yoga, and other practices that help us remain grounded in our actual experience, which includes the body and the mind. In discussions we will explore our work lives and what contemplative practices bring to them. There will be time for individual meetings with the leaders as well as plenty of time for enjoying Tassajara.
For more information, see the San Francisco Zen Center website, www.sfzc.org, then click on Tassajara, then on guest season. Or call (415) 865-1899 to obtain a brochure for Tassajara. You may also contact Mary Mocine at marymo(at)att.net. View a flier for this event (.pdf file)
Annual Naropa University Conference on
This conference will bring together leading visionaries, authors, and teachers of contemplative and spiritually based approaches to elder care and end of life care. Keynote and plenary speakers will include: Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., Ira Byock, M.D., Terese Schroeder-Sheker, Richard Rohr, OFM, and Acharya Judy Lief.
information, please contact:
2004 Contemplative Education Conference
24 - 27, 2004
Keynote Speaker: Rachael Kessler, author of The Soul Of Education: Helping Students find Connection, Compassion, and Character at School
These Spirituality in Education conferences are intended to support our whole beings as teachers and learners by providing a few days of balanced giving, receiving, and contemplation in a community of awareness and richness. Limited enrollment - course credit available. View the 2004 Conference Schedule.
For more information on registration, please call 1-800-603-3117. For accommodations and registration, contact the Shambhala Mountain Center.
for Peace, Standing for Justice"
10 - 11, 2004
For over 25 years, the Buddhist Peace Fellowship has integrated Buddhist teachings of wisdom and compassion with progressive social action. This conference will bring together people of varied backgrounds for a weekend of dharma teachings, skills training, and community building. We hope that this event will lay the foundations of a regional movement for social change, in cooperation with the larger engaged Buddhist community.
information, please e-mail ne-bpf(at)bpf.org, phone (413) 563-5197, and
for Contemplative Mind in Society
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