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September 2021

Quarantine Sessions: A Distributed Electroacoustic Network Improvisation

September 26 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Coronavirus Crisis has changed our lives, and we are in the midst of a long period without concerts as we knew them. In addition to the problem of large audiences, the regulations also make it “virtually” impossible for musicians to get together, rehearse, or perform. However, many technologies and solutions are available, helping us to find new ways of collaborating and transporting our work to audiences. We have been programming, testing, and rehearsing in an online environment with artists…

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October 2021

In Search of Young Asia

October 14 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In Search of Young Asia | Sugata Bose Drawing on a larger work in progress titled Asia after Europe, this talk sets out with Benoy Kumar Sarkar on his search for young Asia during his journey to Japan and China in 1915-1916. The quest for new imaginations of Asia was matched by efforts to turn the continent into a connected field of political resistance to Western imperialism. Several variants of Asian universalism were articulated during World War I. For Indian…

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Global 1968, the Death of Takhti, and the Birth of the Iranian Revolution

October 15 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This talk reconstructs rumors and demonstrations in 1968 around the death of Gholamreza Takhti, Iran’s beloved gold-winning wrestling champion, recentering them in the history of the 1979 revolution and the global 1960s. The account of the demonstrations provided here explains a mobilization tactic used to great effect in the lead up to the 1979 Iranian Revolution: the staging of protests on the fortieth day of mourning. Locating this tactic in 1968, at a moment of global protest, and before ideological…

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Wooden Fish Ensemble

October 17 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The Wooden Fish Ensemble is comprised of Stanford piano faculty Thomas Schultz, piano; Terrie Baune, violin; Ilana Blumberg, violin; and Hwayoung Shon, kayageum. Program: music by Bach-Busoni, Rzewski, Satie, Na, and Pärt, as well as Korean traditional music. This concert will be livestreamed (link TBA). Admission Info Free admission | Please read our COVID-19 Safety information.

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Image and words in the films and stories of Ebrahim Golestan

October 22 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Ameneh Yousefi was born in Hamedan city in Iran.  She received her Doctoral in Persian Literature from the University of Karaj.  She has done several auditorial, visual and animated projects as an author for Local National Broadcasting.  She currently teaches Persian Literature in Ganjname University in Hamedan City and is researching the representation of intellectual figures in ten contemporary Persian novels.  Her talk will cover the inter-textual relations between words and images in Golestan’s films and fiction. Event is in…

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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: 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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Film screening: There Is No Evil

October 29 10:00 am - 11:00 am

RSVP to receive the Zoom link for the October 29 dicussion with the film’s director, Mohammad Rasoulof.  The film will be made available October 26-28 and the link will be emailed to registrants ahead of time.  About the film: Filmed in secret and banned in its home country, Mohammad Rasoulof’s Golden Bear-winning film is an anthology of four short stories, each focused on a person affected by the capital punishment system in a country that commits more executions per capita…

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CBD 2021: Your Mind on Awe with Florence Williams

October 29 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Research has shown that spending time in nature can make you not only happier but kinder, more compassionate and more purpose-driven. In this talk, science journalist Florence Williams will unpack the new science of awe, explaining how experiencing it gives us perspective, makes us feel part of something larger, and provides windows of opportunity for meaningful change. Florence Williams is a journalist, author, and podcaster. Her most recent book, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative,…

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CBD 2021: Contemplative Innovation—Designing Technology in the Era of Distraction with Ruchika Sikri

October 29 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Explore the potential of “good-for-humans technology” that is designed to support connection with oneself, nature, and the Cosmos. Ms. Sikri will illuminate how technology that cultivates introspection, empathy, social connections, and compassion can uplift humanity and be good for the planet. Problems of technology, such as the ones featured in the 2020 documentary “The Social Dilemma”  and described as “an existential threat to humanity,” have prompted recent rigorous efforts to turn the tide of technology. New endeavors seek to stop…

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CBD 2021: Planet Hope: Species Loneliness, Nature-Deficit Disorder and the Future of Life on Earth

October 29 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Richard Louv speaks on “Nature-deficit disorder,” as he defined it in his 2005 book, Last Child in the Woods as not a medical diagnosis, but a useful term – a metaphor — to describe what many of us believe are the human costs of alienation from nature, as suggested by recent research. Among them: diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, higher rates of physical and emotional illnesses, a rising rate of myopia, child and adult obesity, Vitamin D deficiency,…

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