Date(s) - Tuesday February 17
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Brown-Lupton University Union (BLUU), Beck/Geren Rooms

What is contemplative education, and how might it apply to academic writing across the disciplines? This presentation draws from the traditional Tibetan distinction between words and their meanings as a paradigm from which to teach contemplative academic writing. Drawing from over thirty-five years of contemplative education practice, this Naropa University professor has adapted these Tibetan criteria for the contemporary secular classroom, and she will share a variety of writing strategies that she teaches in her graduate and undergraduate courses. She will also address evaluation and grading, cultivating critical perspectives, and supporting rigor with both academic and contemplative measures in the university classroom.

A light lunch will be served.

About the Speaker

Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has taught since 1978. She has practiced Buddhism since 1971, and is an Acharya (senior dharma teacher) in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, and Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche. She serves on the steering committees for the Contemplative Studies section of the American Academy of Religion and on the Board of the Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies. She has also published widely in meditation practice, Buddhist philosophy, tantric Buddhism, interreligious dialogue, and contemplative education. Her books are Dakini’s Warm Breath (Shambhala 2001), and with Fran Grace, is an edited collection of articles called Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies.

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