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Upcoming Events at Windhover

The Office for Religious Life offers free programs open to Stanford students, staff, faculty and alumni. These workshops are intended to introduce you to this unique resource on campus and to provide instruction on a variety of contemplative practices. Meditation cushions (zafus and zabutons) will be provided for meditation programs on a first come, first serve basis. Bring your Stanford ID card to enter the building.

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Student "Fundamentals of Meditation" Thursday Evenings

Thursdays, October 4 - December 6*, 8:00-9:00 pm
Drop in - no pre-registration required

These weekly drop-in sessions are designed to offer students basic meditation skill, to encourage regular meditation practice, to help deepen your ability to self-reflect in meditation, and to offer instructions on how meditation can be useful during stressful moments. All of the sessions will be led by trained instructors. If you are not free to attend all of the sessions, you are welcome to attend the sessions independently. 

October 4 - Grace Schireson
October 11 - Grace Schireson
October 18 - Grace Schireson
October 25 - Lilu Chen
November 1* - no meditation session on this date
November 8 - Rebecca Nie
November 15 - Lilu Chen
November 22* - no meditation session on this date
November 29 - Rebecca Nie
December 6 - Rebecca Nie

Instructors:

Lilu Chen completed her Ph.D. in Religious Studies at Stanford and was president of the Stanford Zen Society. She is a dedicated practitioner in many traditions of meditation, including Zen and Insight Meditation.

Rebecca Nie has taught meditation in the United States, Bhutan, and Canada. She is the co-founder of the Stanford Zen Society, which she leads on campus every Wednesday. In this workshop, she’ll guide participants through relaxation and investigation practices designed to expand their awareness. The approach is based on the Korean Zen tradition, in which Rebecca is a Master, a member of the 80th generation since the Buddha to be so recognized. The premise of the approach is that increasing our awareness helps us live fuller lives — and that we can develop awareness like we can the ability to read. 

Rev. Grace Schireson is an ordained Zen priest and fully independent Dharma heir (Roshi) in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. She has done monastic training in Japan and the US and has founded two Zen groups and a Zen retreat center. She specializes in teaching how Zen meditation can transform your everyday life through clarity and purpose.

 

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Staff/Faculty "Fundamentals of Meditation" Noon Hour

Thursdays, October - November 15*, 12:00-1:00 pm
Drop in - no pre-registration required

Enjoy introduction to meditation sessions for faculty and staff in Windhover. All sessions* will be guided by instructor, Tia Rich. You will experience various ways to meditate. The focus on direct experience will help you to begin and continue meditating. Sessions will include a range of practices beginning with breath-based and body-based mindfulness meditations and continue with walking meditation, visualization and sound-based meditations, and culminate in practice of self-compassion and compassion meditations. Experience the benefits of meditation for health and positive human qualities. Countless studies have shown meditation promotes health, concentration, emotional balance, compassion, altruism and inner peace. All sessions will be led by Tia Rich except November 8, which will be led by Rebecca Nie

October 4
October 11
October 18
October 25
November 1* - No meditation session on this date.
November 8 
November 15

Instructors:

Tia Rich, PhD, HIP Senior Health Promotion Specialist, and Contemplation by Design, Director. As a meditation teacher, her 30-years of experience began with completion of the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy 18-month full-time residential teacher-training program in 1981. Dr. Rich’s teaching also draws upon her experience with Zazen, Vipassana, Tibetan Buddhist and Judeo-Christian contemplative meditation.

Rebecca Nie has taught meditation in the United States, Bhutan, and Canada. She is the co-founder of the Stanford Zen Society, which she leads on campus every Wednesday. In this workshop, she’ll guide participants through relaxation and investigation practices designed to expand their awareness. The approach is based on the Korean Zen tradition, in which Rebecca is a Master, a member of the 80th generation since the Buddha to be so recognized. The premise of the approach is that increasing our awareness helps us live fuller lives — and that we can develop awareness like we can the ability to read. 

 

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Mindful Yoga

Tuesdays, September 25, October 16 and 23, 8:00-9:00 am
Drop-in, no reservation required. Bring your yoga mat.

Enjoy yoga stretches in dappled morning light. Within a flowing sequence of postures, this class provides instruction for a balanced yoga practice grounded in alignment, breath, and peace of mind. Union is the literal meaning of the Sanskrit word yoga. Refresh and renew your resilience by giving yourself the gift of movement that fosters union and dynamic balance in mind-body-spirit. While this class focuses on fundamentals for beginners, experienced practitioners are welcome.

Tuesday, September 25
Tuesday, October 16
Tuesday, October 23

Instructor:

Tia Rich, PhD, HIP Senior Health Promotion Specialist, and Contemplation by Design, Director. As a meditation teacher, her 30-years of experience began with completion of the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy 18-month full-time residential teacher-training program in 1981. Dr. Rich’s teaching also draws upon her experience with Zazen, Vipassana, Tibetan Buddhist and Judeo-Christian contemplative meditation.

 

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Contemplation by Design Summit

Contemplation by Design (CBD) is a campus-wide, multidisciplinary program designed to encourage all members of the Stanford community to enjoy the power of the pause. Faculty, staff, students and members of the greater Stanford community are given opportunities to pause from their high-level of productivity and innovation in order to rest and renew the mind-body-spirit.

Registration for the sessions below is required. Visit contemplation.stanford.edu to register.

Guided Meditation with Fr. Donal Godfrey, S.J. - Sunday, November 4, 1:00-2:00 pm
Mindful Yoga - Wednesday, November 7, 8:00-9:00 am
Labyrinth Walk - Wednesday, November 7, 8:00, 8:20, 8:40 pm