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October 2021

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: 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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CBD 2021: iPause #5 Zen and the Art of Walking Meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastics

October 30 9:00 am - 9:45 am

To help society and the planet, to really help with discerning insight—knowing what to do, and what not to do day after day—take steps in walking meditation. Learn to arrive into life in the present moment by cultivating Thich Nhat Hanh’s powerful technique of mindful walking. Enjoy live guidance from the monks and nuns living in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village in France. Combining breath and steps with poetry and insight, experience firsthand that it can be possible to transform…

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CBD2021: Attuning to the Web of Meaning: An Introduction to the Practice of Liology with Jeremy Lent

October 30 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Following Jeremy Lent’s talk on Tuesday, Oct. 26 on the themes of his new book, The Web of Meaning, this workshop explores an integrative framework that attunes to the meaning that arises from our intrinsic connectedness within ourselves, with each other, and with the natural world. Liology (pronounced lee‐ology) comes from the Chinese word li that means “the organizing principles.” This interactive workshop introduces Liology as an embodied investigation into the organizing principles of the dynamic patterns that make up…

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CBD 2021: Contemplative Environmentalism with Paul Wapner

October 30 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

How can we live meaningfully in this moment of environmental intensification?  This session will reflect on the interface between our inner lives and planetary realities, and explore how contemplative practice can assist in finding greater purpose, sensitivity, and sanity in our environmental efforts.  Environmental issues challenge not simply our technological, economic, and political lives but also our very identities as human beings.  Please join us for an interactive session dedicated to the profundity of environmental challenges and the rewards of…

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CBD 2021: Contemplative Practices for Integrating Multiple Perspectives with Sam Mickey

October 30 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

As a follow-up to Sam Mickey’s talk on Monday, Oct. 25 on the themes of his new book, Living Earth Community: Multiple Ways of Being and Knowing, this workshop introduces practices and tactics for bringing together multiple ways of being and knowing. This workshop includes strategies for cross-cultural and interreligious dialogue, as well as specific exercises for integrating different perspectives. In this integrative approach to perspective taking, contemplative exercises allow you to attune to the psychological dynamics of other individuals,…

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CBD 2021: Awake in the Wild Nature Meditation Practice Workshop with Mark Coleman

October 31 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Meditation in nature can help us to connect more deeply to our environment, to each other, and to ourselves. Through a variety of guided nature-based practice, Mark will lead participants in fostering this connection to the natural world. Being outdoors with a contemplative awareness, we can sense how we are held and nourished by the intricate web of life in every moment, with every breath. Intimacy with nature can teach us how to be at peace with ourselves, and in…

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November 2021

CBD2021: iPause#7 Metta: The Practice of Loving Kindness Meditation with The Rev. Dr. Joanne Sanders

November 2 7:30 am - 8:15 am

Whenever we recognize goodness, our heart opens with lovingkindness and awakens us to connectedness with all of life.  By regarding ourselves and others with kindness, we begin to dissolve the identity of isolated, deficient beings and create the grounds for including others in an unconditionally loving heart and generous presence.  This guided meditation will help us develop a capacity to receive and give love and trust belonging.  I am larger than I thought!  I did not know I held so…

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Watch “Burden of Genius” Documentary Film & attend “Saving More Lives” Seminar

November 4 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Saving More Lives Seminar & Screening of Burden of Genius Documentary Film Thursday, November 4, 20217:00PM-8:30PM PT Join us at LKSC 130 virtually or in-person for Saving More Lives, a seminar discussion of the film Burden of Genius, the inspirational documentary about Dr. Thomas Starzl’s journey into organ transplantation. The seminar will combine an overview of Dr. Starzl’s accomplishments and legacy with an up-to-date report from the front lines of organ transplantation. Current challenges will be explored, including how to increase organ donation and…

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“Three L.A.S.E.R. talks: Dante, the History of Life, Augmented Reality”

November 10 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This evening will feature three presentations: – Albert Russell Ascoli on “Dante and the Invention of Italian, Italians, and Italy” – Kat Mustatea on “Augmented Reality and the Decaying Book” – Neil Shubin on “Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA” Albert Russell Ascoli is Terrill Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Italian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He has published widely, and in particular “Dante and the Making of a Modern Author” (Cambridge University Press, 2008).…

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“America’s Arab Refugees” Seminar with Marcia Inhorn

November 11 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

“Introduction to Arab Studies” is a Fall 2021 course that will offer a speaker series component open to our community. The series of events will highlight the framework of collective belonging, cultural construction, identity and heritage formation, and is this year’s academic theme for the Abbasi Program. Thursday, November 11th: Marcia Inhorn, Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at Yale University, will discuss her book America’s Arab Refugees: Vulnerability and Health on the Margins. America’s Arab Refugees is a timely examination…

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February 2022

PBO Sessions with Davóne Tines, bass-baritone and PBO Creative Partner

February 17, 2022 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Recently named PBO Creative Partner in May 2021, Davóne Tines will curate and perform a program featuring members of the Orchestra, Chorale, and special guest artists.

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March 2022

National Geographic: Live Wild Hope With Ami Vitale

March 14, 2022 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

After a successful inaugural series in the 2019–20 season at Stanford Live, National Geographic Live returns to the Bing with informative, entertaining, and awe-inspiring events that bring the world closer by combining National Geographic’s media resources with live presentations by explorers, photographers, reporters, and scientists. From documenting war zones to donning a panda suit to remain anonymous among giant pandas, award-winning photographer and filmmaker Ami Vitale shares her images and adventures from a career spent “living the story.”

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