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Contemplative Practice in American Life: Shaping the Way We Work, Learn and Live

With Mirabai Bush and Arthur Zajonc

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, New York

We often think of meditative practice as only personal, separate from our lives at work and in community. But the transformations that happen with regular contemplative practice—more patience, insight, wise discernment, and compassionate action, for example—can play a part in positive changes in our organizations, businesses, professions, and community life.

Mirabai and Arthur will share insights and experiences in bringing contemplative practices and perspective into American life, from Google to Yale Law School, from higher education to the US Army. They will also share practices that cultivate a contemplative daily life and lead us in deep discussion as a group.

General Admission $10; Young Adults $5

Pre-registration is recommended but not required. For more information and to register for the event, please email, or phone, 518-794-8777.

This event will be held at the Abode of the Message, 5 Abode Road, New Lebanon, New York, in the Meditation Hall. Please arrive early to find parking and find your seat prior to doors closing at 7:05 p.m. Directions to the Abode can be found here:


Mirabai Bush is Senior Fellow and the founding Director of the Center on Contemplative Mind in Society, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage contemplative awareness in American life in order to create a more just, compassionate, and reflective society.  She has designed and led contemplative trainings for corporations from Monsanto to Google, led a survey of contemplative practice, and directed a Contemplative Practice Fellowship awards program with the American Council of Learned Societies to explore such practices in academic courses. She is currently directing a study for the US Army on promoting resiliency and performance among Army medical and chaplain caregivers through mindfulness training. Bush has lived and studied spiritual traditions with renowned leaders throughout the world and directed a sustainable agriculture and community development project in Guatemala. Bush is co-author, with Ram Dass, of Compassion in Action: Setting Out on the Path of Service.

Arthur Zajonc is Andrew Mellon professor of physics and interdisciplinary studies at Amherst College, where he has taught since 1978. His research has included studies in electron-atom physics, parity violation in atoms, quantum optics, the experimental foundations of quantum physics, and the relationship between science, the humanities and the contemplative traditions. He is author of the book: Catching the Light, co-author of The Quantum Challenge, and co-editor of Goethe’s Way of Science.  In 1997 he served as scientific coordinator for the Mind and Life dialogue published as The New Physics and Cosmology: Dialogues with the Dalai Lama.   He again organized the 2002 dialogue with the Dalai Lama, “The Nature of Matter, the Nature of Life,” and acted as moderator at MIT for the “Investigating the Mind” Mind and Life dialogue in 2003. He currently directs the Academic Program of the Center for Contemplative Mind, which supports appropriate inclusion of contemplative practice in higher education. Out of this work and his long-standing meditative practice, Zajonc has authored Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry: When Knowing Becomes Love.

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