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Day of Meditation and Mindfulness: Ignatian-Buddhist Dialogue and Practice
January 31, 2015 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Multifaith Sanctuary, St. Joseph’s Hall
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. The focus questions for her research are “Why is there so much hatred? How can spiritual practice transform this?” She is also Faculty Director of the UNITY Residential Learning Community at Santa Clara University and as such promotes its themes of diversity and civic engagement and is a bridge between the classroom and the residence hall for the students. In this residence hall and others on campus, she regularly leads “De-stress with Mindfulness” sessions for students. In addition, she has taught in the Summer LEAD program at Santa Clara University since 2005 and has also been the interim assistant director for this program which is for first-generation college students. She is Roman Catholic and a Zen Teacher in the Soto Zen tradition and is a dharma heir of the late Darlene Cohen Roshi which means Sarita has been given formal permission within the lineage of Suzuki Roshi, founder of San Francisco Zen Center, to teach Zen independently. Since 2005, she has co-facilitated two meditation groups on campus through the Ignatian Center at Santa Clara University. Since 2008, she has also co-facilitated the Contemplatives in Action network on campus. She is also guest teacher for the Crystal Springs Sangha in San Mateo, a Zen group and one of the Zen groups at Stanford University.
Robert W. Scholla S.J., is the Bannan Faculty Fellow in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University. Rob holds a doctorate in Fundamental Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. 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. For twenty-five years Rob has regularly offered Ignatian retreats and engaged in spiritual ministries. Having completed his term as rector of the Jesuit Community at Loyola Marymount University, Rob happily returns to service at Santa Clara.