We currently offer two workshops, both of which are facilitated by Louis Komjathy. These workshops address contemplative practice and experience from a theoretically informed perspective and in terms of major critical and interpretative issues. They also utilize actual contemplative and experiential approaches.
The Daoist Contemplative Practice Workshop
The Daoist Contemplative Practice workshop explores important Daoist contemplative practices. This workshop may be adapted to a more religiously committed audience or to a more "ecumenical" audience.The standard format involves instruction on and direct experience with Daoist standing, walking and sitting meditation. It also includes a session on Daoist scripture study and contemplative reading. This format may be adapted to the particular interests of organizers and/or participants.
A typical Sunday workshop utilizes the following format:
9 - 10:30 a.m.: Daoist standing meditation and Yangsheng practice
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Lecture or Daoist walking meditation
12 - 1:30 p.m.: Lunch break
1:30 - 3 p.m.: Scripture study and contemplative reading
3 - 4:30 p.m.: Daoist seated meditation and self-massage
4:30 - 5 p.m.: Concluding conversation
The Contemplative Pedagogy Workshop
The Contemplative Pedagogy workshop explores critical issues in Contemplative Studies as well as the contributions and limitations of a contemplative approach to university education.
Typical topics include theoretical and interpretive issues in Contemplative Studies, such as the use of critical first-person discourse and experiential approaches to contemplative practice; practical dimensions of teaching courses in Contemplative Studies, including course design and classroom dynamics; as well as contemplative pedagogy, which is an approach to teaching and learning that incorporates contemplative practice into university education and academic culture. The format of this workshop may be adapted to the particular interests of organizers and/or participants.