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October 2019

Chemistry and Film: Experiments in Living

October 18 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Chemistry and Film: Experiments in Living, a symposium jointly sponsored by the Departments of Art and Art History and Chemistry at Stanford. How has the practice of chemistry been depicted in movies, from Hollywood features to high school training documentaries of the 1950s and 1960s? What are the ways that moments of discovery—Eureka!—and the persona of the chemist have been shown? How has the chemistry of film itself been understood? And when it is said that two actors on screen…

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AI Ethics, Policy, and Governance

October 28 12:00 am

HAI’s October 28-29 conference on AI Ethics, Policy, and Governance at Stanford University will convene experts and leaders from academia, industry, civil society, and government to explore critical and emerging issues related to understanding and guiding AI’s human and societal impact. Through plenary discussions, breakout sessions, and workshops we will explore the latest research, delve into case studies, illuminate best practices, and build a global community of research, policy, and practice committed to ensuring that AI benefits humanity.  Questions to…

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Contemplation By Design Summit

October 29 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Free events will be offered Oct. 29 – Nov. 7, 2019 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 2019 Summit schedule will be posted at: http://contemplation.stanford.edu/summit.php. Registration will open on September 10, 2019. All events are FREE. Contemplation By Design is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, campus-wide program cultivating resileince, well-being and…

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CBD 2019: Contemplative Skills for P.E.A.C.E. with Tia Rich, PhD, Director, CBD

October 30 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Welcome to the 2019 Contemplation by Design Summit. In this session, we will begin to experience renewal, peace of mind and well-being by pausing to quiet the striving mind, engage the senses, relax and replenish. We will explore the fundamental role of contemplative practices in creating a life of sustained excellence, service, joy, compassion, wisdom and health — a life lived fully. Learn practical evidence-based contemplative skills for enjoying the power of the pause. Activities will cultivate the 5 states of…

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CBD 2019: Contemplative Practices for Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Stress in Youth

October 30 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm

With Victor G. Carrion, MD and Chi Kim The benefits and feasibility of children learning yoga and mindfulness practices in a school-based program will be presented by Dr. Carrion. He will share information about his work on early life stress and the integration of mindfulness practices into his treatment of youth who face adversity. In collaboration with Pure Edge, Inc. and the Ravenswood City School District, Dr. Carrion just completed a longitudinal multi-method study on the effectiveness of the Pure…

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CBD 2019: Sound Based Contemplative Concert with Mirabai and Friends

October 30 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

This concert focuses on calming the mind and creating an experience of deep connection with the musicians, the other audience members and yourself. The leader will sing a Sanskirt word as a mantra, and the audience sings it back. This is known as Kirtan, the ancient contemplative practice of singing the names of the divine. Kirtan is a form of Bhakti Yoga, a spiritual path and practices within Hinduism focused on loving devotion towards a personal god. So often, our…

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CBD 2019: Mindful Yoga in Windhover with Tia Rich, PhD, Director, Contemplation by Design

October 31 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Mindfulness and breath are central to yoga. They are also central to Stanford’s beautiful contemplative space, Windhover. Begin your morning in the serenity of Windhover; join us for a mindful practice. The practice wil begin with sun salutations, and flow into standing and floor poses while helping you to listen to your body, and compassionately and wisely respect your capabilities. Suitable for all levels. PLEASE NOTE: Please bring your yoga mat. Tia Rich, PhD, Director, Contemplation by Design (CBD), has…

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CBD 2019: Living From Open Awareness — “Waking Up” as the heart of contemplative life

October 31 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

With Dustin DiPerna With a blend of both theory and practice, this session will explore how fundamental shifts in identity and awareness serve as the foundation for a contemplative life. Together, we will discuss the implications of recent findings in the neuro-scientific study of advanced meditative states. We will examine how shifts in awareness can become persistent traits rather than simply temporary states. And we will explore a few basic tools you can use to bring meditation practice into your…

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CBD 2019: Identifying the Contemplative Practice that Best Fits You & Your Needs

October 31 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

With Jeffery A. Martin, PhD All contemplative practices are not equally effective, and even the most effective ones aren’t necessarily for everyone. For over a decade our research has shown that “finding your fit” is essential to maximize the effectiveness of contemplative practices. This session will outline the practical points from the research to date, and include an experiential component to help you identify the best practice or practices for you. Jeffery A. Martin, PhD, is a founder of the Transformative…

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November 2019

CBD 2019: Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence with Dan Seigel, MD

November 1 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This lecture provides practical instruction for mastering the Wheel of Awareness, a life-changing tool for cultivating more focus, presence, and peace in one’s day-to-day life. An in-depth look at the science that underlies meditation’s effectiveness, this lecture will teach viewers how to harness the power of the principle “Where attention goes, neural firing flows, and neural connection grows.” Siegel reveals how developing a Wheel of Awareness practice to focus attention, open awareness, and cultivate kind intention can literally help you…

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CBD 2019: Contemplative Technologies Exhibit and Exploratorium

November 2 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

With Jeffery A. Martin, PhD and Nichol Bradford, MBA Drop in and explore the cutting edge of technology for contemplation from around the world. Science and technology are pushing the boundaries of what contemplation means. Fifty years ago, the revolution began with brainwave and heart-based biofeedback. Today, the latest sensor technologies are not only more ubiquitous and accurate, but have been further turbocharged by AI and emboldened by the cloud. They not only provide windows and advice into how to…

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CBD 2019: Healing Qigong with David Wei

November 2 8:00 am - 9:00 am

The Chinese have an idiom, “Good circulation – good health.”  From this view, stasis is the root cause of all degenerative conditions, making movement the primary means of preventative health care. Daoists have maintained countless methods of movement aimed to improve health by simply improving circulation.     Participants will learn to assess their own vascular health along with various methods for improving overall circulatory function. Both solo and partnered work will be introduced.            …

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CBD 2019: 1 to 1,000 Grains: A mindful holistic process for equity, inclusion and well-being

November 2 9:00 am - 10:15 am

With Ken Singleton, PhD At the non-profit 1 to 1,000 Grains we follow a novel, multi-faceted strategy for confronting adverse trends in physical and financial health within low-income communities. Our affirmative coaching empowers families with actionable knowledge; achieves sustained impact with accountability; and is grounded in trust built upon long-term commitments to the communities we partner with. In this, session we will share our mindful and holistic process for inspiring healthful behaviors. Kenneth Singleton, PhD, is the Adams Distinguished Professor of…

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CBD 2019: Acupuncture and Acupressure Self-care Skills for Contemplative practice

November 2 9:45 am - 11:00 am

With Amalia Reeves and Dr. Sue Kim We will discuss the history of acupuncture and the origins of acupressure. Participants will learn the basic theory underlying Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is the basis of most of the acupuncture practiced in the United States. We will teach practical self-care acupressure points for relieving tension and stress; and demonstrate acupuncture technique on a few participants who wish to volunteer for this. Amalia Reeves is a licensed acupuncturist (LAc), certified by the California…

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CBD 2019: Body Mapping Workshop with Cari Costanzo, PhD

November 2 9:45 am - 11:15 am

Body Mapping is a creative tool that combines self-reflection with artistic expression to develop a visual ‘map’ of one’s life story. In this workshop, a partner will trace an outline of your body onto a life-size canvas or paper. Guided by a meditation designed to honor your past, present, and future, you will use paint, photos, words, collage and other materials to represent visually the central embodied experiences of your life. This unique Body Mapping workshop utilizes an anthropological lens,…

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CBD 2019: Acupuncture and Acupressure Self-care Skills for Contemplative practice

November 2 11:10 am - 12:25 pm

With Amalia Reeves & Sue Kim, MD We will discuss the history of acupuncture and the origins of acupressure. Participants will learn the basic theory underlying Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is the basis of most of the acupuncture practiced in the United States. We will teach practical self-care acupressure points for relieving tension and stress; and demonstrate acupuncture technique on a few participants who wish to volunteer for this. Amalia Reeves is a licensed acupuncturist (LAc), certified by the California Acupuncture…

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CBD 2019: Healing Qigong with David Wei

November 2 11:10 am - 12:10 pm

The Chinese have an idiom, “Good circulation – good health.”  From this view, stasis is the root cause of all degenerative conditions, making movement the primary means of preventative health care. Daoists have maintained countless methods of movement aimed to improve health by simply improving circulation.     Participants will learn to assess their own vascular health along with various methods for improving overall circulatory function. Both solo and partnered work will be introduced.            …

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CBD 2019: Workshop–Aware: The science and practice of presence with Dan Seigel, MD

November 2 12:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Wheel of Awareness 3P Workshop. In this workshop we will explore and experience the ways in which our inner subjective lives, our interpersonal relationships, and our objective empirical knowledge can be woven together to illuminate the importance for meaning, connection, and equanimity in our lives. We’ll explore the notion that the mind may be an “emergent process” that arises from energy and information flow.  Seeing the mind this way will help us illuminate the nature of consciousness and the central…

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CBD 2019: Integration: Contemplative practice in academics and the workplace with Yingzhao Liu

November 2 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

How can we integrate deep contemplative practice within our fast-paced work and academic lives? In this talk and experiential workshop, Ying will share her journey of practice and of creating an inclusive culture in the workplace. Topics will include how the self, teams and organizations change from the inside out. She will illuminate her experince of how on the surface of life there is a lot of complexity, yet at depth, things are very simple. She will share ways to …

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CBD 2019: Yoga Nidra with Heather Ford, MFA, C-IAYT

November 2 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Yoga Nidra translates to “Yogic Sleep.” However, it is neither a sleep-state nor an awake-state. Yoga Nidra is a profound state of conscious awareness where one can be the witness of their own experience. Yoga Nidra is a form of mindfulness meditation and a path to reaching higher consciousness through deeply resting the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind. In this relaxed state one is invited to set an intention and practice self-healing. Participants will lie comfortably on their…

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CBD 2019: Yoga Breathing for Contemplative Practices with Swami Ramananda

November 2 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

The ancient masters of Yoga designed this science of contemplative practices primarily for the purpose of leading us into deeper, more subtle levels of our being, and ultimately to experience fully a source of profound peace within us. This workshop will examine how we can use Yoga breathing practices to bring health and vitality to the body, and both clarity and equanimity to the mind. By being in touch with the more subtle energies within us, we can gain the…

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CBD 2019: Yoga Breathing for Contemplative Practices with Swami Ramananda

November 2 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The ancient masters of Yoga designed this science of contemplative practices primarily for the purpose of leading us into deeper, more subtle levels of our being, and ultimately to experience fully a source of profound peace within us. This workshop will examine how we can use Yoga breathing practices to bring health and vitality to the body, and both clarity and equanimity to the mind. By being in touch with the more subtle energies within us, we can gain the…

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CBD 2019: Integration: Contemplative practice in academics and the workplace with Yingzhao Liu

November 2 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

How can we integrate deep contemplative practice within our fast-paced work and academic lives? In this talk and experiential workshop, Ying will share her journey of practice and of creating an inclusive culture in the workplace. Topics will include how the self, teams and organizations change from the inside out. She will illuminate her experince of how on the surface of life there is a lot of complexity, yet at depth, things are very simple. She will share ways to …

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CBD 2019: Yoga Nidra with Heather Ford, MFA, C-IAYT

November 2 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Yoga Nidra translates to “Yogic Sleep.” However, it is neither a sleep-state nor an awake-state. Yoga Nidra is a profound state of conscious awareness where one can be the witness of their own experience. Yoga Nidra is a form of mindfulness meditation and a path to reaching higher consciousness through deeply resting the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind. In this relaxed state one is invited to set an intention and practice self-healing. Participants will lie comfortably on their…

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CBD 2019: Audrey Shafer, MD and Andrew Ridker in conversation about his novel, The Altruists

November 2 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Prof. Audrey Shafer and Andrew Ridker will discuss healthy and unhealthy altruism, and the intersection of privilege and progress, as explored in Ridker’s debut novel, The Altruists. They also will discuss the role of literature in society and how the creative process transfigures fact into fiction. Audrey Shafer, MD is Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine/Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System; and founder and director, Stanford Medicine and the Muse Program, Stanford Center…

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