Event Calendar

January 2019

Tue, Jan 22, 2019

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Spiritual Practices Across Traditions

Students of any or no religious affiliation are welcome to this afternoon of experiential learning about spiritual practices across religious traditions. Practices will include Muslim ritual washing, Buddhist loving-kindness meditation, Jewish ethics and Taoist tai chi. Participants are welcome to engage in these guided practices and conversations to the extent they are comfortable. Our closing dialogue will explore the place of spiritual and well-being practices in our daily lives toward continuing or starting them.

This program is led by Amherst’s Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist advisors, along with our tai chi instructor and director of religious and spiritual life.

Wed, Jan 23, 2019

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Mindfulness of the Body

11:00 am Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

This introductory session will overview the concept and practice of mindfulness via walking, standing and seated meditation practices, with special attention to mindfulness of physical sensations. No meditation experience needed. Join us just for this morning's session, or attend the full mindfulness series meeting on January 23-25.

Program instructor Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at the College, has been practicing Buddhism for 20 years and is an authorized Community Dharma Leader in the Insight Meditation tradition of Western Buddhism.

Thu, Jan 24, 2019

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Mindfulness of the Breath

11:00 am Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

This introductory session will overview the concept and practice of mindfulness via walking, standing and seated meditation practices, with special attention to mindfulness of the breath. No meditation experience needed. Join us just for this morning's session, or attend the full mindfulness series meeting on January 23-25.

Program instructor Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at the College, has been practicing Buddhism for 20 years and is an authorized Community Dharma Leader in the Insight Meditation tradition of Western Buddhism.

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Mindful Movement and Dance

Mindful Movement and Dance brings a mindfulness-based approach, informed by classical Theravada Buddhist teachings, to basic breakdance instruction and creative movement exercises. The program culminates in an all out dance party fueled by eclectic beats from EDM, hip-hop, pop and beyond. No dance or meditation experience needed. Join us, and confirm your suspicion that this might just be a ridiculously excellent experience!

Program instructor Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at the College, has been practicing Buddhism for 20 years and is an authorized Community Dharma Leader in the Insight Meditation tradition of Western Buddhism.

Fri, Jan 25, 2019

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Mindfulness of Difficult Emotions

11:00 am Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

This introductory session will overview the concept and practice of mindfulness via walking, standing and seated meditation practices, with special attention to mindfulness of difficult emotions. Join us just for this morning's session, or attend the full mindfulness series meeting on January 23-25. While not required, for those with no previous mindfulness meditation experience please consider also attending at least one of the other morning mindfulness programs offered January 23 and 24.

Program instructor Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at the College, has been practicing Buddhism for 20 years and is an authorized Community Dharma Leader in the Insight Meditation tradition of Western Buddhism.

Tue, Jan 29, 2019

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Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

5:00 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness - or because you are curious. This event will be led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

Thu, Jan 31, 2019

CommuniTea Hours

Join Residential Life for CommuniTea hours hosted by the Community Development Coordinators (CDC's) from each of the four campus areas in the newly redesigned Keefe 011. CDC's will host programs centered around health and wellness and community living. Be on the look out for the many programs we will host this semester. We will also provide snacks, coffee/tea for the evening.

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