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Tuesday, December 6 • 10:55am - 11:15am
The Role Of Contemplative Practice In The Study Of Social Justice: Practical Applications For Cultivating Compassion And Resiliency

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As the world faces increasingly complex and interconnected issues, such as climate change and poverty, it is imperative to cultivate a wholehearted response to suffering that results in more than sentiment, but in real acts of care based on a firm commitment to social justice. As college students develop the capacity for deeper intellectual understanding combined with a broader sense of social responsibility, they must be equally encouraged to embolden their sense of compassion for self and other grounded in resilience to persevere in the face of what can seem to be intractable problems. In looking for concrete practices that lend to creating a fuller ability to navigate responses to social suffering more skillfully, we can look to contemplative practices applied in the realm of End-of-Life Care. Drawing on Buddhist meditation techniques such as Tonglen and Bearing Witness, as well as an “epistemology of love” as developed by Arthur Zajonc, students can develop an enhanced philosophy of care that combines the wisdom of the heart with intellectual knowledge. Through deep listening, mindfulness, and the recognition of our common humanity and interdependence, students can learn to manifest an enduring presence while actively participating in the creation of sustainable long-term work committed to social change.


Tuesday December 6, 2016 10:55am - 11:15am
237 Zageir Hall

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