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Reading groups present an opportunity for fruitful interdisciplinary conversations regarding the use and benefits of contemplative practices in higher education. Check out what we’re reading now and when we’ll be getting together to discuss what we learned and the questions that remain.


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Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World

Sharon Salzberg

"I've learned that the path of connecting in hard places is made a lot easier by the company of others who are also trying."

In this timely book, renowned mindfulness teacher Sharon Salzberg explores mindfulness as a nourishing and sustaining tool that can provide the impetus and energy for social change. Salzberg offers readers practical techniques and advice for: 

  • Moving from a sense of overwhelm to an awareness of agency
  • Cultivating a capacity to experience joy amid hurt
  • Meeting anger with an open fist
  • Working through grief towards resilience
  • Seeing assumptions more clearly and working to dissolve biases
  • Growing the capacity for a wider perspective and spacious equanimity 
  • Finding strength in community


Faculty Reading Group

Join Professor-Facilitator Rosario Lozada (College of Law) and other faculty colleagues to discuss this empowering and deeply relevant work. This reading group includes brief guided mindfulness practices. Kindly note that this group will meet via Zoom on two occasions: 

Monday, April 26, 4:00 to 4:40 p.m.
Wednesday, April 28, 4:00 to 5:20 p.m.

To participate and receive the complimentary e-book, please RSVP. Spaces are limited.