Date: Friday, April 6, 3:30 to 5PM.
Location: Conference Hotel
Registration Link: ($20 fee, payable with conference registration)
“Words and Sense: Contemplative Academic Writing”
Judith Simmer-Brown, Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies, Naropa University
How do contemplative pedagogies inform learning skills such as academic writing? This workshop draws on the Tibetan Buddhist distinction between the literal meaning of words (drangdon) and their inner sense (ngedon), from an account from the sacred biography of the Indian saint Naropa (956-1041), abbot of Nalanda University. Adapting these concepts to the contemporary secular classroom, this workshop shows how writing pedagogies that integrate third-person inquiry drawn from conventional academic research with first-person inquiry, the result of inner research, can open up fresh perspectives for academic writing.