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September 2021

We are Stanford: A Festival of Reflection and Renewal

September 30

We are Stanford: A Festival of Reflection and Renewal marks the return of the full Stanford community to campus, offering a diverse range of ritual, artistic, commemorative and celebratory programs to express and hold all that we have been through, individually and collectively, over the last 18 months. Two dozen campus departments and programs have partnered to present events that are authentic to their communities and open to broad student, staff, and faculty participation, engaging themes of grief, loss and remembrance,…

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We are Stanford: A Festival of Reflection and Renewal Opening Ceremony

September 30 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join the campus community for a moment of pause to reflect and (re)connect to members of the campus community. This opening event will take place at White Plaza on main campus and will feature speakers from the festival organizing team, and the Band! Come to participate in communal art-making, sign thank you cards for Stanford Hospital staff, and enjoy sweet treats! Opening remarks beginning at 12:15 p.m. We are Stanford: A Festival of Reflection and Renewal marks the return of…

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The Many Faces of Public Service: Careers, Financial Stability & Graduate School

September 30 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wondering how to integrate public service into any career?    Trying to balance financial stability with a commitment to serve?    Seeking graduate scholarship opportunities? Meet this panel of public service-minded graduate students, learn about their public service journeys and hear about the Truman Scholarship for juniors committed to public service! Panelists: Cordy McJunkins, Education & Public Policy Donya Nasser, Health Policy Jeff Reppucci, Business Administration & Public Policy Nathan Tauger, Law Thursday, September 30, 6-7 PM Lounge, Otero Public…

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October 2021

Taize Prayer Service

October 4 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Especially in times of injustice and suffering, communal prayer can be a wellspring of hope. It centers us, encourages us to listen to God, and brings us together with all those who trust in God.  Taize is a beautiful traditional form of sung prayer, usually around a cross, that tends to include a repeated harmonized chant/refrain. You don’t need to sing to participate— we invite you to bring a prayer book, a poem, a rosary, a friend, an instrument, or…

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Stuck@Home@Bing Concert Hall

October 4 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

To honor and thank all employees who have been on the frontlines during this difficult year as well as our Stuck@Home Virtual Concert series performers and fans, and to welcome back to campus returning students and employees, we are partnering with Stanford Live at Bing Concert Hall to bring you an in-person concert featuring previous Stuck@Home performers from the Stanford School of Medicine and Stanford University. Very special and heartfelt thanks to our friends and colleagues at Stanford Live for making this live concert possible. Featuring: 1.Dr. Steve…

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Grateful Expressions: Writing and Speaking Your Way to Joy

October 5 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Come learn how expressions of gratitude, written and spoken, can help you set a hopeful tone for the year. We’ll provide a gratitude template, light snacks, and fun activities for all. You can also tour the Hume Center, meet some of our amazing peer tutors, and make some new friends. Health and Safety GuidelinesRSVP requiredmask required at all times in all interior spaces food & drink will be outside only We are Stanford: A Festival of Reflection and Renewal marks the…

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Installation Ceremony for the Covid-19 Remembrance Project

October 6 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

This fall, we warmly invite you to join us for the Covid-19 Remembrance Ceremony occurring on Oct 6, at 5:15pm in front of the “Angel of Grief” statue, with remarks by David Entwistle, CEO, Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Paul King, CEO, Stanford Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Children’s Health, School of Medicine, Dean Lloyd Minor and Provost Persis Drell. Featuring musical performances by the St. Lawrence String Quartet. We will be planting 600 “flowers”, made up of several thousand…

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Dedication of the Renewal Memorial

October 8 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Join us for the dedication of the Renewal Memorial installation in recognition of the Anatomy and Willed Body Programs, an installation in the courtyard of the Center for Clinical Sciences Research (CSSR) Building at 269 Campus Drive. Renewal is comprised of 77 bricks salvaged from the rubble of the original Anatomy Building by Dr. Don Prolo (MD ’61). Designed by Lauren Toomer, a Stanford Alumnus and teacher of the Art and Anatomy class, the sculpture was inspired by the waveforms…

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Contemplation By Design Summit, Oct. 25 -Nov. 2, 2021

October 25

FREE events will be offered October 25 – November 2, 2021, to further individual, community, and planetary health and well-being, and creative excellence to serve the greater good.   The 2021 Summit focuses on a contemplative approach to climate change and skills to cultivate healthy relationships among humans and earth systems through wise, compassionate, competent action. The intention of the Summit is to deepen awareness of the interconnectedness of all life and to cultivate skillful stewardship of our personal and planetary…

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CBD 2021: Intro. to Contemplative Skills for Cultivating Personal & Planetary Health & Well-being

October 25 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Tia Rich, PhD, director of Stanford’s Contemplation by Design, provides an overview of the growing field of contemplative practices and sustainability of public and planetary health and well-being. Cultivation of the capacity to take skillful individual and collective action to address climate change is the theme of Stanford’s 2021 Contemplation by Design Summit, Oct. 25-Nov. 2. The Summit includes insights, inspiration, research, and wisdom offered in the 35 in-depth sessions provided by leading researchers and teachers in the field.  Effective…

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CBD 2021: Indigenous Contemplative Wisdom & Relationship-based Climate Action, Yuria Celidwen, PhD

October 25 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Indigenous contemplative wisdom weaves our human hearts with each other, our lands, lineage, times, and cosmos. Indigenous Peoples enhance a shared identity through reverence to all living beings and the Earth. The contemplative experience that recognizes life experience based on All-Our-Relations creates an ethical and reliable holistic system expressed as caring interactions and compassionate living. The fundamental insight from these relationships shows us how to find our place in a group, develop a sense of responsibility, and engage in a…

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CBD 2021: An Astronaut’s Perspective: Earth views inspiring us to care for our planet

October 25 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

As an astronaut, Steve Smith will reveal how his life journey to being able to travel really fast – Mach 25 or 25 times the speed of sound to be exact – also paradoxically, rendered sublime mindful realizations regarding the power of living with kindness toward oneself, toward others, and toward our planet.  His 3-decade effort to fulfill his childhood dream, mapped in several colorful childhood sketches of spaceship travel, included suffering a near-fatal 11-day illness as a 15 year-old that…

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CBD 2021: Contemplating Earth: Multiple Ways of Being and Knowing with Sam Mickey

October 25 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

There is great diversity in how humans can relate to the vast panoply of beings composing the life, land, air, and water of Earth. This talk presents an integrative vision of different ways of being in the natural world and the different kinds of knowledge that they entail, such as the traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of Indigenous communities, the affective knowledge that comes with religious love and devotion, the scientific knowledge of a biologist or cosmologist, the aesthetic knowledge of someone listening to or…

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CBD 2021: iPause Guided Meditation #1, Caring for Yourself and the Planet with Tia Rich, PhD

October 26 7:30 am - 8:10 am

Enjoy flourishing through nature-based meditations and discover how contemplative practices equip you to engage in wise skillful action to address climate change and care for the planet. In this guided practice, you will be offered skills for sustaining a wise open-hearted relationship with all of the natural world. These skills can help to heal the human-earth relationship. For millennia, people have found refuge, resilience, and realization of wise relationship by practicing meditation in nature. This transformative combination supports a sense…

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CBD 2021: Inner Transformation and Sustainability with Christine Wamsler

October 26 8:15 am - 9:00 am

Christine Wamsler, Professor of Sustainability Science at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies and director of the Contemplative Sustainable Futures Program will explore the topic of inner transformation from the perspective of sustainability. She will address questions including: What do we currently know about the interplay of inner transformation and sustainability? And what is needed for this interplay to move forward to reach the goals for sustainable development? Christine will illuminate the gap that exists between the current trends and…

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CBD 2021: Awakening Radical Compassion with Tara Brach

October 26 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The medicine our world calls for is compassion; we need to love ourselves and each other into healing.  While compassion arises naturally, the flowering of full, mature compassion—Radical Compassion—requires training. This talk focuses on the RAIN meditation, a four-step weave of mindfulness and self-compassion that brings healing to difficult emotions. RAIN is an acronym for a four-step process: recognize, allow, investigate, and nurture.  Beginning with befriending our inner life, we’ll explore widening the circles of compassion to include all living beings.   The session will include…

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CBD 2021: Weaving the Web of Meaning: Sustainable Flourishing Rooted in Recognizing Interrelatedness

October 26 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Our dominant worldview tells us we’re split between mind and body, separate from each other, and at odds with the natural world. This worldview has passed its expiration date: it’s based on a series of flawed assumptions that have been superseded by modern scientific findings. In this talk, based on themes from his new book, The Web of Meaning, author Jeremy Lent will discuss how another worldview is possible—recognizing our deep interrelatedness with all of life. Showing how modern scientific…

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CBD 2021: iPause Guided Meditation #2, The True Face of Love with Jonah Willihnganz, PhD

October 27 7:30 am - 8:15 am

In the early 1990s Thich Nhat Hanh gave a surprising series of talks about his “first love”, a nun he met as a young monk in Viet Nam.  Before relaying much of his story, he suggests that if we think about our own first love, will discover many things, most especially the true face of love. “This,” he says, “is a subject for meditation” and on this morning it will be ours.  We will briefly consider his story and then,…

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CBD 2021:Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet, Thich Nhat Hanh’s new book, a talk with his monastics

October 27 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastics Brother Phap Huu and Sister True Dedication will offer insights regarding the following questions: How can we engage to help society and the planet, without burning out? How can we know what to do, and what not to do, to really help? How can we handle deep feelings of climate anxiety, fear, and despair? In this 90-minute session with Thich Nhat Hanh’s monks and nuns living in his Plum Village in France, will explore these urgent…

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CBD 2021: At the Center of All Things is Interdependence with Dekila Chungyalpa

October 27 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Over 85% of the world subscribes to a faith. Over half of the schools worldwide are run by faith institutions. Collectively, faiths are the 3rd largest category of financial investors. And yet, for the most part, they are not recognized as a stakeholder group by mainstream environmental and climate movements, let alone as a crucially important one that could change the trajectory we are on today. Over the last 12 years, Dekila Chungyalpa has worked with a diverse group of…

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CBD 2021: Quaker Values and the Quaker Contemplative Practice of Silent Worship with Steve Curwood

October 27 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Steve Curwood, host and executive producer of Living on Earth, will talk about the role of his Quaker upbringing in creating and sustaining his dedication to environmental journalism for 30 years. His award-winning weekly environmental news and information program is broadcast and distributed by more than 250 public radio stations. In this keynote address, Steve will Illuminate the Quaker values that are fundamental to how he approaches his work and his life. He will describe ways in which those values…

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CBD 2021: iPause #3 Awareness, Tangerine Meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastics

October 28 7:30 am - 8:15 am

Meditation is not only for the sitting cushion, but also for while we are walking, lying down, or even eating. Allow Thich Nhat Hanh’s monks and nuns to guide you in a delicious and powerful new way to enjoy your morning fruit. PLEASE BRING your own TANGERINE or ORANGE to this guided practice session.** Ecology, interbeing, and engaged action, as featured in Thich Nhat Hanh’s latest book, Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet are firmly rooted in daily…

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CBD 2021:Compassion, Gratitude, Awe:Self-transcendent Emotions for Collective & Planetary Well-being

October 28 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

In this talk Professor Dacher Keltner will present the latest science of self-transcendent emotions, including compassion, gratitude, and awe. He will discuss the place of self-transcendent emotions in biological and cultural evolution. Prof. Keltner will focus on how they shift the self from narrow concerns about rewards and desires, to prosocial tendencies, including toward the environment, and a sense of being part of something larger than the self.  He will conclude with a consideration of secular practices to cultivate such…

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CBD 2021: Valuing Nature in Personal Practice and Societal Transformation with Gretchen C. Daily

October 28 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

An awakening is underway, to the values of nature and the risks and devastating costs of its loss. Stanford Professor Gretchen Daily will describe new science to quantify nature’s benefits to people and integrate them into decision-making – in planning, policy, finance, and practice. Gretchen will relate the arc of advances in science, in understanding nature’s contributions to a range of benefits from crop pollination and coastal climate resilience to mental health in cities. Through stories, she’ll describe the innovation…

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CBD 2021: iPause #4 Guided Meditation, How Not To Be Afraid of Strong Emotions

October 29 7:30 am - 8:15 am

Climate change and the ensuing disease, destruction, and devastation warrant strong emotions which can include anxiety, fear, and despair. Skillful response to those emotions facilitates wise compassionate competent action to address climate change. This guided meditation practice will cultivate your skillful response to strong emotions. Thich Nhat Hanh has said, “it may not be possible to avoid suffering, but if you know how to suffer, you suffer much less.” In this session we will practice a guided meditation and explore…

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