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Water and Stone: The Power of Mindfulness for Social Change
“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.” ― Lao Tzu
Join friends from ASU’s Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience for a non-traditional, two-day active conference featuring keynote presentations by Dr. Kamilah Majied, a mental health clinician, international consultant, practicing Buddhist and Professor of Clinical Social Work at Howard University and Rhonda V. Magee, a professor at the University of San Francisco and a teacher of mindfulness-based stress reduction interventions for lawyers, law students and for minimizing social-identity-based bias.
Early Bird Registration Fees (until Jan 2, 2019)
One day: $169
Both days: $299
Note: the 2-day conference is meant to act as one cohesive whole, with one day flowing into the next. We invite you to attend both days, but have provided the option for one day.
Dr. Kamilah Majied has been a practicing Buddhist for over 35 years. She has practiced and taught Buddhism and mindfulness practice from several theological and practical perspectives including mindfulness based stress reduction, mindfulness based bias reduction, mindfulness based cognitive therapy, mindfulness and social justice, Buddhism and mental health, mindfulness practices as a path towards preserving the environment and contemplative practices in education.
Dr. Majied has studied, practiced and taught various contemplative traditions domestically and internationally. She has had the opportunity to learn from renowned teachers such as Daisaku Ikeda, Pema Chodron, Bhante Buddharikkita and Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work and is Co-Editor of a Special Issue on Peace, Reconciliation and Non-Violent Conflict Resolution.
Dr. Majied gave opening remarks at the first White House Conference of Buddhist Leaders on Climate Change and Racial Justice, where she also facilitated a dialogue on ending racism amongst the internationally represented Buddhist leadership. She is one of the original authors of the Buddhist People of Color Statement Calling for Racial Justice originally published in Lion’s Roar magazine. Dr. Majied serves as a facilitator for the North American Buddhist Alliance’s ongoing dialogues on Buddhism and social justice. Dr. Majied is a mental health clinician, an internationally engaged consultant on the use of contemplative practices and a tenured Professor of Clinical Social Work at Howard University.
Bio: Professor Rhonda V. Magee is a teacher of mindfulness-based stress reduction interventions for lawyers, law students, and for minimizing social-identity-based bias. A full-time faculty member at University of San Francisco since 1998, and a full professor since 2004, she has been named Dean’s Circle Research Scholar, served as co-director of the University’s Center for Teaching Excellence, and co-facilitator of the Ignatian Faculty Forum faculty development program. She teaches Torts; Race, Law and Policy; and courses in Contemplative and Mindful Law and Law Practice. She is a trained and highly practiced facilitator, with an emphasis on mindful communication, trained through programs at the University of Massachusetts’s School of Medicine’s Oasis Teacher Training Institute, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Facilitator Training Program. In April 2015, she was named a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute.
Water – a seemly gentle force on its own. But, when coupled with other components of time and atmosphere, water has the ability to change even the toughest and most rigid substances (Stone). Like water, we must be diligent and tenacious yet gentle and mindful in our movements for change. When situations present as hard and unwavering, we must remember our elemental being, flowing gently through the staggered stones that seem to be unyielding knowing the power behind our words and actions to create the most pivotal changes that though at times unseen, can make the most impact.
Registration, check-in and breakfast
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