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July 2018

The J. Sanford and Vinie Miller Distinguished Lecture Series: Artist Li Huayi

July 19 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Li Huayi in conversation with Michael Knight, consulting curator of the Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Collection, introduces his unique approach to ink.  Presented in conjunction the exhibition 墨境 Ink Worlds: Contemporary Chinese Painting from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang. IMAGE: Li Huayi 李華弌 (China, b. 1948), 龍潛山脉 Dragons Hidden in Mountain Ridge, 2008. Ink on paper. Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang

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I Will Survive: Profiles in Courage

July 26 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Pegasus Physician Writers honor Rebecca Hall, Stanford class of 2007, Metastatic Breast Cancer patient and advocate for funding, research, and awareness of MBC. Founding member and Medicine & the Muse director Audrey Shafer, MD will moderate readings of works by Rebecca Hall; Jessica Tekla Les, MD; Paige Qin, fifth-year medical student; Lara Prior-Palmer, 2018 Irvin D. Yalom Literary Award winner; and Jacqueline Genovese, MA, MFA and assistant director of Medicine & the Muse. 

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I Will Survive: Profiles in Courage

July 26 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Pegasus Physician Writers will honor Rebecca Hall for her many contributions with a number of special readings curated by founding member Dr. Audrey Shafer. 

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August 2018

Gallery Talk: Gawain Weaver “The Preservation of Archival Photographic Materials”

August 3 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This talk focuses on the preservation of photographic materials, particularly as it pertains to archives of 20th century negative and print materials such as the black and white negatives that form the basis of the We Shot the War: Overseas Weekly in Vietnam exhibition. Gawain will discuss what these photographs are made from, how they deteriorate, how they are preserved at the collection level, as well as conservation treatments to save individual images. The role of digitization will also be…

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October 2018

2018 Contemplation by Design Summit: Oct 30 – Nov 8

October 30 12:00 am

SAVE THE DATES Free events will be offered Oct. 30 – Nov. 8, 2018 to further balance, tranquility, resilience, and creative excellence. CBD Summit participants will have the opportunity to take a break from their high-level output of productivity and innovation in order to rest and renew the mind-body-spirit. The full 2018 Summit schedule is posted in September at: http://contemplation.stanford.edu/summit.php

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CBD 2018: Carillon Concert and Community-wide Contemplative Pause

October 31 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE – Carillon Concert and Quiet Contemplation – Wednesday, October 31. The Hoover carillon bells ring again this year to signal the university’s commitment to emotional well-being. All members of the Stanford community are encouraged to pause, reflect and take time to unwind. Gather in Dorhmann Grove, the Oval Ear and/or Meyer Green Lawn to share the concert and contemplative pause together as a community. You may also enjoy the experience by pausing wherever you are on or off…

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November 2018

CBD 2018: Keynote with Roshi Joan Halifax – Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet

November 1 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tickets for this Contemplation By Design keynote event will be available in September along with tickets to all other Contemplation By Design Summit sessions. Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her Ph.D. in medical anthropology in 1973 while teaching at the University of Miami Medical School. She has lectured on the subject…

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CBD 2018: Guided Meditation and Quiet Reflection

November 1 9:30 pm - 10:15 pm

Join us for meditation and reflective discussion after Roshi Joan Halifax’s talk at Memorial Church, led by Carole Pertofsky and Andrew Todhunter, two community leaders in contemplative practice at Stanford. Carole is Director of Wellness and Health Promotion student Services at Stanford University, where she teaches courses about the science and art of happiness, emotional intelligence, resilience and well-being. Carole is a national speaker, professional consultant, leadership and wellness coach, and seminar leader. When she isn’t teaching, coaching, or speaking,…

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CBD 2018: Presence Under Pressure: The playful gift of the improviser’s mindset

November 2 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Improvisers have the reputation of being fast and funny. But the true value of practicing collaborative creativity is the opportunity to develop your powers of listening, suspending judgement, and paying attention to the moment. There is a quality of human play, often suppressed after childhood, that is essential for creativity, connection and joy. Instructor: Dan Klein is a lecturer in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies, as well as the Graduate School of Business. He teaches workshops on creativity,…

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CBD 2018: Compassion Buddha Sand Mandala Opening Ceremony

November 3 10:00 am - 10:30 am

As part of the creation of the Compassion Buddha Sand Mandala, Tibetan Buddhist monks Geshe Lobsang Dorji and Geshe Lobsang Cholphal from the Sera Jey Foundation will lead an opening ceremony for the mandala. Registration is appreciated but not required for this event. Instructor: Geshe Lobsang Dorji joined the Sera Jey Monastery in India at the age of 10 in 1986, received his Geshe degree in 2009 and is currently a resident teacher at Sera Jey Foundation in California. Highly…

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CBD 2018: Compassion Buddha Sand Mandala

November 3 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Highly respected Tibetan Buddhist monks Geshe Lobsang Dorji and Geshe Lobsang Cholphal from the Sera Jey Foundation will create the sand mandala of the Compassion Buddha in the gracious lobby of Stanford’s Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center. The venerable monks will carefully place millions of grains of colored sand on a flat surface, following precise and ancient instructions passed down over thousands of years. The creation of this mandala is intended to help the viewer generate compassion for all beings.…

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CBD 2018: Jazz Interactive Concert: On self-care

November 3 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

“Mr. Duffy lived a short distance from his body.” Too often this is our reality as well. Moving mechanically from A to B, while we process how we’ll get to C. Over-stimulated and underwhelmed as we endlessly search for a time to be at peace. A place to lay down and rest. Let’s make that place together. Join us for a night of embodiment through music, dance, and stillness. Together we will begin to slow down, and ground in the…

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CBD 2018: Compassion Buddha Sand Mandala Descriptive Talk

November 4 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

As part of the creation of the Compassion Buddha Sand Mandala, Tibetan Buddhist monk Geshe Lobsang Dorji from the Sera Jey Foundation will give a talk on the tradition of the sand mandala with a focus on the mandala for the Compassion Buddha. Instructor: Geshe Lobsang Dorji joined the Sera Jey Monastery in India at the age of 10 in 1986, received his Geshe degree in 2009 and is currently a resident teacher at Sera Jey Foundation in California. Highly…

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CBD 2018: Compassion Buddha Sand Mandala

November 5 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Highly respected Tibetan Buddhist monks Geshe Lobsang Dorji and Geshe Lobsang Cholphal from the Sera Jey Foundation will create the sand mandala of the Compassion Buddha in the gracious lobby of Stanford’s Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center. The venerable monks will carefully place millions of grains of colored sand on a flat surface, following precise and ancient instructions passed down over thousands of years. The creation of this mandala is intended to help the viewer generate compassion for all beings.…

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Gish Jen Reading, part of the Lane Lecture Series

November 5 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Part of the Lane Lecture Series Her awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  She received a Lannan Award in Literature in 1998, and a Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award in 2003. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Jen delivered the William Massey Lectures in the History of American Civilization at Harvard University in 2012. These were published under the title Tiger…

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CBD 2018: Walking Meditation and Contemplation of Memorial Church Inscriptions

November 6 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Join us in the awe-inspiring tranquility of Memorial Church for a walking meditation. The event will be centered on the inscriptions carved in the sandstone interior walls of this beautiful sacred space. Assembled by Jane Stanford, these inscriptions represent a collection of instructive and inspirational quotes to nourish the soul and spirit. Facilitators: The Rev. Joanne Sanders, D.Min, Associate Dean for Religious Life at Stanford, preaches and presides regularly at services in Memorial Church. She has brought contemplative practices such…

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CBD 2018: Awakening to Space and Place: Conversation with the Stanford Architect Dave Lenox and Architectural Design Program Director John Barton

November 7 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Space, place and architecture make a difference. Working from general principals, and using Stanford’s campus as a model, we will explore how spaces make us feel good or uncomfortable. We will also explore how to read the cues in architecture and landscape to enhance personal well-being. Panelists: John Barton, M.Arch., is Director of Stanford’s Architectural Design Program and an architect in private practice. He is a former member of the Palo Alto City Council and also served two terms on…

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CBD 2018: Contemplative Concert in Bing Concert Hall

November 8 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Through music, dance and song, experience PEACE: Pause, Exhale, Attend mindfully, Connect with nature/yourself/others and Express. Faculty and Staff will earn a BeWell berry by attending this concert.

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CBD 2018: Compassion Buddha Sand Mandala Closing Ceremony

November 8 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

As part of the creation of the Compassion Buddha Sand Mandala, Tibetan Buddhist monks Geshe Lobsang Dorji and Geshe Lobsang Cholphal from the Sera Jey Foundation will lead a closing ceremony for the mandala. At the end of the ceremony, the monks will provide small bags to fill with sand to give away to those who attend the closing ceremony and would like to take some home. The sand is considered blessed. Whatever sand is left will be placed in…

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January 2019

Maggie Nelson Reading, part of the Lane Lecture Series

January 28, 2019 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Photo by Tom Atwood Part of the Lane Lecture Series Maggie Nelson is a poet, critic, and the author of five books of non-fiction. Her books include The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, and The Argonauts– “a beautiful, passionate and shatteringly intelligent meditation on what it means not to accept binaries but to improvise an individual life that says, without fear, yes, and.”—Chicago Tribune. Nelson is also the author of four collections of poetry. In 2016 she was awarded…

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April 2019

Kevin Young Reading, part of the Lane Lecture Series

April 15, 2019 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Photo credit Melanie Dunea Part of the Lane Lecture Series Kevin Young is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and is widely regarded as one of the leading poets of his generation. Young is also poetry editor at The New Yorker. Also an editor, essayist, and curator, Young’s ten books of poetry include: Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 (Knopf, 2016), longlisted for the National Book Award; Book of Hours (Knopf, 2014); Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels (Knopf, 2011), winner of an…

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