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On this Project and the Grant
The main purpose of this grant request is the creation of an innovative workshop program, “Socially Engaged Mindfulness Interventions” (SEMIs) with the objective of developing and disseminating socially engaged and ecological-oriented approaches to mindfulness. These invitation-only workshops will involve leading Buddhist teachers and practitioners, forging an interdisciplinary dialogue withscholars from the humanities and social sciences as well as community educators and activists. This multi-year program will convene two summer workshops with the aim of developing a Socially-Engaged Mindfulness Intervention (SEMI) curriculum. Funding for 2017 will support the first summer 3.5 day workshop in July 2017 at the Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages in Berkeley, California. We intend to apply for further funding from Lenz to support the 2018 summer workshop which would be convened at either SFSU’s Seven Hills Conference center, or at the Ratna Ling Retreat Center in northern Sonoma County. These activities are a continuation of SFSU’s Contemplative Studies Initiative which was successfully launched in June 2015 with the convening of the “Mindfulness and Compassion: The Art and Science of Contemplative Practice” conference. Download and read the full grant documentation here.