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Emory Tibet Week 2014

March 2014
Atlanta, GA

The Emory-Tibet Partnership hosts an annual Tibet Week at Emory University, typically held each year in March. Tibet Week includes guest speakers, films, multi-disciplinary presentations, opportunities to learn meditation, and other events celebrating Tibetan culture on campus.


TIBET WEEK 2013: MARCH 25-30



April 26-29, 2012
Denver, Colorado

The ECCS is pleased to co-sponsor the inaugural International Symposia for Contemplative Studies, facilitated by the Mind & Life Institute.  This event is a collaborative effort among Centers and Laboratories around the world to explore the correlates and consequences of contemplative practice. The Symposia brings together world-renowned researchers, scholars, teachers, and students in keynote addresses, concurrent master lectures, panels, workshops, and poster presentations. 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course


Susan Bauer-Wu

Emory faculty in Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
author of
 Leaves Falling Gently

Kay Stewart

former Emory College Health & PE faculty
creator of Wellness: An Inside/Out Approach

Monday evenings, 7:00-9:00 pm
January 23 - March 19, 2012
SAAC 211, Emory Clairmont Campus
(orientation and Q&A Dec 6th at 7:00 PM)

Discover the profoundly practical value of mindfulness in your everyday life... Better health and sense of wellness, improved ability to focus attention and discern wise action, greater clarity and awareness of habitual reactions and patterns, and enhanced communication and enriched relationships.  This is an evidence-based, 8-week program for the Emory Community.  This course is being offered for FREE to Emory community members ($50 deposit returned upon completing program). 

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Attendance is limited, so early registration is encouraged.
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Additional sessions may be available depending on interest.


The allure of forbidden food and insights from mindfulness

Esther Papies
Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Friday, Nov 11, 4:00 pm
PAIS 290, Emory Campus

The pursuit of long-term health goals, such as dieting for weight loss, is difficult in an environment full of attractive temptations, such as tasty, high-calorie food. In this talk, I will show how attractive food cues can trigger a hedonic motivation to eat, especially in dieters, but also how their impact can be reduced to facilitate successful self-regulation. First, a series of studies analyzes the cognitive effects of attractive food cues, which may underlie the self-regulatory failures of dieters. Then, field experiments demonstrate how self-regulation can be enhanced by priming the dieting goal in tempting situations, so that the hedonic motivation triggered by attractive food is not translated into behavior. Finally, recent work suggests that self-regulation can effectively be enhanced by preventing the initial activation of the hedonic impulses towards food. Building on insights from contemplative science, we introduce a brief mindfulness procedure which helps participants to observe their reactions to attractive food cues as transient mental events, rather than experiencing them as subjectively real events in the moment. A series of studies shows that this procedure prevents spontaneous impulses towards food temptations, reduces preferences for attractive food, and decreases experienced food cravings. Together, these studies are informative as to the nonconscious processes that can lead to self-regulatory failures in “tempting” environments.  Integrating insights from different traditions suggests novel ways to counter these effects.

PROJECT HAPPINESS film screening

Thursday, Sept 15, 7:00-9:00 pm
Harland Cinema Hall
Emory Campus

The Dalai Lama, George Lucas, Richard Gere, neuroscientist Richard Davidson – all answer this question: “How does one achieve lasting Happiness?”. How will you answer it?

Join us on September 15th from 7Pm to 9PM for the Georgia premiere of the film PROJECT HAPPINESS presented by Emory University. Following the film will be a discussion on the nature of lasting happiness with Dr. Neil Shulman, professor of medicine,
 and a Tibetan Geshe (Equivalent to Ph.D level in buddhist study) and Ngawang Paljor,one of the Tibetan students featured in the film who is now a scholar at Emory University.

Light refreshment and Tibetan Chai (milk tea) will be served during the event.
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Fresh Perspectives on Spring: Meditation and Poetry

Tuesdays in April, 2011

8:30-9:30 PM 

SAAC Multipurpose Room 211
Clairmont Campus


De-stress, un-clutter your mind, and wake up to the beauty of spring around you. Join us as we sit quietly and meditate together, and reflect and share poems and other writing about springtime and the change of seasons. Come one time or every time. Everyone is welcome!

*We encourage you to bring your own poems, but it is not required*

Tibet Week
March 28 - April 2, 2011

Join us as we celebrate Emory's 11th Annual Tibet Week. Highlights include: Mandala Sand Painting and Traditional Tibetan Butter Sculpture, Buddhism and Science Debate Night, a panel on the Middle Way Approach to the Tibet issue, and a live musical performance of Tibetan freedom songs by Techung.

All events are free and open to the public. All programs are held in the Carlos Museum Reception Hall unless otherwise noted. Please click here to download a complete list of Tibet Week 2011 events.

Anne Klein


The Knowing Body: Contemplative Practice and the Myth of Isolation

Monday, March 7, 2011    
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Letita Pace Evans Hall, Terrace Level
Agnes Scott College

This event is free and open to the public.

Our happiness is enhanced when we feel our lives to be integrated, with all the elements of our identity interacting in a dynamic state of wholeness. Yet modern life often leaves us feeling internally fractured and isolated from others. In particular, the life of the mind is pitted against the life of the body, despite the fact that we clearly need both. Many contemplative practices foster integration and call us to reconsider what “knowing” really is. We find that body and mind are largely defined, not by knowledge or activity, but by their various energies. Professor Klein wants to show in this context that the body has a great intelligence. Taking examples especially from Indian and Tibetan practices and contemporary scientific study of these, we will consider the body’s subtle responsiveness to everything within and around us, and how our awareness of this strengthens our capacity for integration with self and connection with others.

Anne Carolyn Klein is professor and former chair of religious studies at Rice University as well as a founding director and resident teacher of Dawn Mountain, a center for contemplative study and practice  in Houston. Her scholarly work and contemplative practice draws from Tibetan Buddhist texts and traditions. A translator as well as a writer, her books include Knowledge and Liberation: Buddhist Epistemology in Support of Transformative Experience (translated into Russian and Chinese); Path to the Middle: Oral Madhyamaka in Tibet;  Meeting the Great Bliss Queen: Buddhists Feminists, and the Art of the Self,  and, with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinopche, Unbounded Wholeness. Her most recent publication is Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse: A Story of Transmission, that includes a CD of chanting in English and Tibetan and 98 color pictures.



Mindfulness Meditation Series

Mondays in February, 2011    
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

SAAC Multipurpose Room 211, Clairmont Campus

These events are free and open to the public - come to one or more sessions and join us for mindfulness meditation! Led by Dr. Susan Bauer-Wu.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama returns to Emory

October 18 - 21, 2010

We were honored to have His Holiness the Dalai Lama return for his second visit as Emory Presidential Distinguished Professor.  Click here for details and videos of the events.

Sharon Salzberg Visit


Renowned meditation teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, Sharon Salzberg will be visiting Atlanta September 15-18, 2010.  She will be giving a lecture and guided meditation at Agnes Scott College, and holding a day-long retreat at the Drepung Loseling Monastery. 

Please join us for this exciting opportunity to learn from one of the world's leading Buddhist teachers!  Follow the links to each event for more information.

Mindfulness and Compassion: A Path to Living a Full Life
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

  • Lecture
    7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Presser Hall, Gaines Chapel, Agnes Scott College
  • Reception and Book Signing
    9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Rebekah Scott Hall, Katherine Woltz Reception Room, Agnes Scott College

Guided Meditation
Thursday, September 16, 2010

One-Day Retreat: Can We Have Too Much Compassion?
Saturday, September 18, 2010

Joan Halifax Visit

February 28 - March 1, 2010

We are delighted to welcome Joan Halifax to Emory this spring. She will be giving two lectures during her stay, which are free and open to the public.

Her latest book is called Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death. We invite you to join us and learn from this celebrated and revered teacher.

joan halifax

Sunday, February 28, 4:00 p.m.

“Engaged Buddhism: Compassion in Action”
Location: Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc., 1781 Dresden Drive, Atlanta, GA 30319

Monday, March 1, 4:00 p.m.

“Reflections on Being with Dying” CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO
Location: Emory Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Auditorium

Joan Halifax, PhD is a Buddhist teacher, medical anthropologist, Zen priest, and author of eight books.  Her work and practice for more than three decades has focused on engaged Buddhism, with an emphasis on end-of-life care, programs for prisoners, and the environment. She is Founder and Abbot of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a distinguished invited scholar to the Library of Congress and serves on the Board of Directors for the Mind and Life Institute, a non-profit organization co-founded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She was an Honorary Research Fellow at Harvard University, and has taught in many universities, monasteries, and medical centers around the world.