We Are Building American Buddhism

San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Ave, Room LVC-116
San Francisco, CA 94132
Telephone:  (415) 338-2380
Website:  www.sfsu.edu

Description of Organization

San Francisco State University has long been known for its commitment to excellence in teaching, for the promotion of social justice, and for providing access to quality higher education for many socially and economically disadvantaged students. Princeton Review recognized SFSU as one of its "Colleges with a Conscience" -- institutions of higher learning that possess both "an administration committed to social responsibility and a student body actively engaged in serving society. During its most recent accreditation review the Western Association of Schools and Colleges described SF State as “the gold standard in its commitment to diversity as an intellectual, and talent resource" and noted the University's renown for incorporating social justice and civic engagement into all aspects of campus life.

In keeping with this tradition, in January 2015, Professor Ronald Purser (Department of Management) and Professor Adam Burke (Institute for Holistic Health Studies) founded the Contemplative Studies Initiative (CSI). The June 3-6, 2015 Mindfulness and Compassion: The Art and Science of Contemplative Practice conference, which SFSU is hosting, will be our inaugural event (the conference website may be viewed at www.mcc2015.org)

Grant(s) Awarded

In the third quarter of 2018, San Francisco State University received an additional $6,000 grant to support their workshop program, "Socially Engaged Mindfulness Interventions and the Promise of Making Refuge" seminar

In the first quarter of 2017, San Francisco State University received a $10,000 grant for the creation of a workshop program, "Socially Engaged Mindfulness Interventions". The objective is to develop and disseminate socially engaged and ecological-oriented approaches to mindfulness. These invitation-only workshops involve leading Buddhist teachers and practitioners, forging an interdisciplinary dialogue with scholars 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 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. SFSU intends to apply for further funding from the Lenz Foundation 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.

This $2,000 grant will support the “Mindfulness and Compassion: The Art and Science of Contemplative Practice” conference taking place June 3-6, 2015, the inaugural event of SFSU’s newly-founded Contemplative Studies Initiative.

The intention for this conference is to bring together internationally recognized researchers engaged in the scientific study of mindfulness and compassion meditation with seasoned Buddhist teachers and scholars to explore the frontiers of contemplative practice. While mindfulness programs have become increasingly popular in every sector of society–healthcare, education, business and government, such popular enthusiasm, bolstered by media claims, has often outpaced the actual science. This conference will provide an engaging forum for exploring more nuanced views on the scientific clinical research on mindfulness and compassion, the advancement of the cross-cultural dialogue between scientists and contemplatives, and expanding this dialogue to include the humanities and human sciences.