Contemplative Practice Webinars

In 2009, CMind initiated the ongoing ACMHE Contemplative Education Webinar series: online presentations on the development and use of contemplative methods in higher education. Visit the ACMHE Webinar Archive. 

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Contemplative Practice Webinars

Now, after 10 years of the Contemplative Education webinars, we are excited to announce our new series of Contemplative Practice Webinars to explore the relationship between contemplative practices and personal/social transformation, insight, and inspiration.

Join us for our April CMind Practice Webinar:

By Heart: A Way of Knowing for This Time

presented by
Dr. Richard Chess
To be broadcast live on Wednesday, April 15, 2020
3 – 4 pm ET / 12 – 1 pm PT
Free and open to all
$10 suggested donation

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Rick writes,

In his poem “By Heart,” John Hollander writes that the poems we know by heart “remain/Lodged with us, useful, sometimes, for the work/Of getting a grip on certain fragile things.” We are, at this very moment, in the heart of our vulnerability, our fragility. Can we lodge something within our hearts to steady us, strengthen us, maybe even bring us a little happiness, maybe even a moment of joy? In this webinar, we’ll explore the practice of coming to know something “by heart.” Together, we’ll bring a poem into our hearts. In this time of necessary social distancing, we’ll see what happens when we experience the intimacy of getting close to a few words. A confession: I have a terrible memory. So, for much of my life I’ve avoided the unpleasant feelings that arise at the thought of memorizing poems by not even attempting to memorize any! A terrible thing for a poet and English professor to admit! (To be honest, I actually do have a few poems by heart.) But in a class I’m teaching this semester, I offered a memorization practice that my students and I both participated in and the results were deep and illuminating. So, I invite you to join me for “By Heart: A Way of Knowing for This Time.”

About the Presenter

Rick ChessDr. Richard Chess is the Roy Carroll Professor of Honors Arts & Sciences at UNC Asheville. He has published four books of poetry, Tekiah, Chair in the Desert, Third Temple, and Love Nailed to the Doorpost. His essays are included in Stars Shall Bend Their Voices: Poets’ Favorite Hymns & Spiritual Songs and 27 Views of Asheville, among others. For many years, he contributed to “Good Letters,” a blog hosted by IMAGE: a Journal of Art, Faith, Mystery. He is now a contributor to the soon-to-launch blog, “Close Reading,” hosted by SLANT books. He has served as the director of UNC Asheville’s Center for Jewish Studies for 30 years. He is one of the founders of UNC Asheville’s Contemplative Inquiry Initiative. You can find out more about him at

About CMind Webinars

CMind’s Contemplative Practice Webinars allow you to view a live presentation online using GoToWebinar; you can listen to the presenter over your computer speakers, headphones, or VOIP headset, or by dialing into the audio with your phone. To register, simply submit the registration form and instructions for connecting will be emailed to you automatically. Questions and comments may be submitted to the presenters during the webinar. We record the webinars, share the link to the recording with registrants, and archive the recording on this webpage.

Our webinars are free, but made possible with donations from supporters like you. Please consider making a $10 suggested donation to CMind to help us grow our programs!

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Can’t join us live on April 15th?
Don’t worry! We record our webinars and post them for public viewing on after the original air date.

The link to the recording will also be emailed to all who register.
If you have any questions, please email

The March 2020 Contemplative Practice Webinar:

Exploring Interdependence through the Lens of Blackness

A webinar with Ruth King and Kamilah Majied
Originally broadcast on Tuesday, March 24th
3:00 – 4:30pm EST / 12:00 noon – 1:30pm PST

This engaging webinar, open to all people of all ethnicities, invites us to deepen our understanding of interdependence and contemplative dialogue by exploring the wondrous ways in which our lives have been enriched by the resilience, creativity, and leadership of Black people. Through meditative reflections, we bring to awareness the Black threads in our lives that have inspired a tapestry of reverence, connection, and healing. Ruth and Kamilah, through their joyful example, illustrate how contemplative and extemporaneous dialogue about the contributions of Black people can stimulate insight, inclusivity and unity. Through this we can begin to both notice and celebrate our undeniable interdependence. There will be ample time for questions and reflections, as well as guidance and inspiration for future contemplative dialogue.

Resources from the presenters:

  • June 7th, 3-5 pm ET/ 12-2 pm PT – Save the date for the next online workshop with Kamilah and Ruth. Details and registration link forthcoming!
  • June 20th, 3-5 pm ET/12-2 pm PT – Save the date for Cultivating Resilient Joy, a webinar with Kamilah Majied and Vaishali Mamgain. More information can be found at
  • August 8-9 – Understanding “Us & Them” Power Dynamics in Groups, a training with Ruth King and Dr. Barbara Riley. For more information visit
  • Racial Affinity Group Development Programs and Mindful of Race Training Programs are offered by Ruth King. More information can be found at
  • Recommended readings from our presenters include Mindful of Race: Transforming racism from the inside out by Ruth King, and
    all works by Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, W. E. B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, and James Baldwin.
  • This heart graphic was made from the names contributed during the webinar. Click here to download a large version.

Meet the Presenters

Kamilah MajiedDr. Kamilah Majied is a mental health therapist, clinical academician, and internationally engaged consultant on inclusivity and contemplative pedagogy and practice. She teaches clinical practice and research, employing psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based, and artistic approaches to well-being. Kamilah has also practiced and taught Buddhism and mindfulness practice from several perspectives including mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, mindfulness and racial justice, Buddhism and mental health, and mindfulness practices to preserve the environment. She gave opening remarks at the first White House Conference of Buddhist Leaders on Climate Change and Racial Justice, where she also facilitated a dialogue on ending racism amongst the internationally represented Buddhist leadership. After 15 years of teaching at Howard University, Dr. Majied has recently joined the faculty at California State University in Monterey Bay as a Professor of Social Work. Drawing from her decades of contemplative practice, clinical training, and social justice leadership, Dr. Majied engages people in experiencing wonder, humor and insight through transforming oppressive patterns, improving mental health and deepening relationships.

Ruth KingRuth King is an international teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition, serving on the Teacher’s Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, CA. King formally managed training and organizational development at Levi Strauss and Intel corporations consulting to leaders on cultural change initiatives. Currently, King teaches the Mindful of Race Training Program nationwide to teams and organizations combining mindfulness principles with an exploration of our racial conditioning, its impact, and our potential. King has a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is the author of several publications including her most recent Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out.