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Day of Meditation and Mindfulness: Ignatian-Buddhist Dialogue and Practice

January 31, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Fee: $25, lunch included

Join us for a day of mindfulness and meditation in the Ignatian and Zen traditions. Experienced Dharma Teacher and SCU Religious Studies Professor, Sarita Tamayo-Moraga and Robert Scholla, S.J., Bannan Faculty Fellow in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, will guide participants through a series of meditation and mindfulness practices from the Catholic (Ignatian) and Buddhist (Zen) traditions. This retreat grows out of a yearlong dialogue and interreligious retreat both facilitators participated in, examining the intersections and distinctions among Zen Buddhist practice and Ignatian Spirituality.

Sarita Tamayo-Moraga is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University. Her scholarship focuses on comparative mysticism (primarily Buddhism and Catholicism), and the use of mindfulness in pedagogy. Her research focuses on how the spiritual practices of different religious traditions, especially Catholicism and Buddhism, transform suffering into peace, joy, and liberation.

Robert W. Scholla S.J., is the Bannan Faculty Fellow in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University. Although passionate about classroom work and having taught for almost forty years, over the years Rob’s pastoral labor has brought him to serve families seeking healing from domestic violence and young people in juvenile detention.

Please RSVP at www.scu.edu/ic/bannan.

About the Bannan Institute
Bannan Institutes are yearlong, thematic programs hosted by the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University. Each institute features a series of lectures, retreats, and events that address matters of significance within the Jesuit, Catholic Intellectual tradition and seek to foster an ethic of dialogue among persons of diverse philosophical and religious commitments.

Shaped by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the 2014-2015 Bannan Institute will explore the theme of Ignatian Leadership as a vocational practice, or a way of proceeding that seeks to affect personal and communal transformation.

All events are free and open to the public. Please RSVP at www.scu.edu/ic/bannan.

Winter 2015: Leadership and Faith
Discernment, Dialogue, and Freedom

This quarter’s lecture series will explore the role of faith within the practice of Ignatian leadership, engaging the foundational witness of Jesus, the leadership of Pope Francis, and the catalyzing examples of women and men with Ignatian vocations. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, we will also highlight the import and impact of interreligious dialogue and encounter in transforming and healing our world.


January 31, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Santa Clara University – St Joseph Hall Multi-faith Sanctuary
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA United States