Contemplative Practices and Education (New York, Feb. 11-13, 2005)

We must make peace in ourselves if we are to make peace in the
world.--The Dalai Lama

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to participate in a national conference on
Contemplative Practices and Education: Making Peace in Ourselves and in
the World. The conference will be held at Teachers College, Columbia
University, February 11-13, 2005. It promises to be a remarkable event and
we hope that you will be able to join us.

Here are some conference highlights:

Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are and Full
Catastrophe Living, will provide the keynote presentation

Workshops by leading educators on how they have integrated contemplative
practices into their own classrooms

Guided meditations drawn from diverse traditions around the world (these
meditations are integrated into the conference program to demonstrate how
they can be used to transform the environment in which communication takes

Artistic performances grounded in diverse contemplative practices

(his schedule permitting, Robert Thurman, former Buddhist monk and close
friend of the Dalai Lama, will introduce the performances and explore the
relations between the arts and contemplative practices)

Representing the Peace Education Center at Teachers College, we will
explore how contemplative practices can be more effectively integrated
into peace education. Of special concern is how these practices can be
used to sustain mindfulness among those who work for peace as they address
issues of war, violence, and social justice in a highly charged political

For more information on the conference program and registration, please
visit the three centers that support the conference:

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

The Peace Education Center, Teachers College

The Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation at Teachers College

The last two centers provide information about how to register for a
1-credit course connected to the conference in which students explore
various materials on the relations between contemplative practices and
peace education. If you have further questions about registration, please
contact Jocelyn Smith at <>.

We look forward to welcoming you to Teachers College in February.

Janet Gerson, Clifford Hill, Tony Jenkins
Conference Coordinators

Peace Education Center
Teachers College - Box 171
Columbia University
New York, New York 10027
tel: (212) 678-8116  fax: (212) 678-8237

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