Residential Fellowship Opportunity
The Frederick P. Lenz Residential Fellowship in Buddhism and American Culture & Values
The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce that applications are being taken for the 2014-15 Frederick P. Lenz Foundation Residential Fellowship for Buddhist Studies and American Culture and Values. This is an opportunity for faculty and other professionals planning sabbaticals during the 2014-15 academic year to spend a semester on the Naropa University campus in Boulder, Colorado, conducting a research, artistic, social action or other project that relates Buddhist philosophy and practice to an aspect of American culture and values. This is an ideal place for a Buddhism fellowship, Religious Studies fellowship or sabbatical fellowship in Religion.
For more information or to apply for the 2014-15 academic year: Frederick P. Lenz Foundation Residential Fellowship for Buddhist Studies and American Culture and Values
Scholar Chosen for the 2013-14 Academic Year
Douglas Lindner, Ph.D.
Douglas Lindner received his PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois. He has been a faculty member in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech since 1982. In April of 2013 he organized a conference "Contemplative Practices for a Technological Society" at Virginia Tech. He practices meditation and qigong in the Shambhala sangha. While at Naropa University, Douglas Lindner is developing course materials for the integration of contemplative practices into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. Using Buddhist and Taoist insights, this course will develop mindfulness, deep listening skills, and creativity with an emphasis on a holistic worldview as a framework for engineering design. This course will significantly contribute to our students' personal growth by enhancing their ability to create larger fields of possibility leading to greater creativity in all of their life activities.
Scholars Chosen for the 2012-13 Academic Year
Sarah J. Heidt, Ph.D.
Contemplative Pedagogies for Literary Study
Sarah J. Heidt is an associate professor of English at Kenyon College, where she teaches
nineteenth-century British literature and culture, auto/biography and life-writing,
women's writing, and literatures of memory. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Cornell
University and has published essays about Victorian life-writing and contemporary
memoir and film. She began Zen practice in 2010 and is a formal student at Zen Mountain
Monastery in upstate New York. While at Naropa in spring 2013, she explored intersections
of contemplative practice and literary study.
Scholars Chosen for the 2011-12 Academic Year
David R. Loy, Ph.D.
The Great Encounter: Why Buddhism and Modernity Need Each Other
Dr. David R. Loy is a professor of Buddhist and comparative philosophy, writer and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. He is a distinguished author who has written several books and is regularly published in multiple publications, as well as serving on editorial and advising boards for various journals. Dr. Loy’s past research has focused upon the encounter between Buddhism and modernity, exhibiting special concern regarding social and ecological issues. His fellowship question, why Buddhism and modernity need each other, correlated directly to his research. While at Naropa, he began writing a new book that reveals the contemplative dialogue between Buddhism and the West.
Arturo J. Bencosme, Ph.D.
Heart to Organizations: Contemplativeness-based Organizational Learning and Strategic Thinking
Originally studying engineering, Dr. Arturo J. Bencosme has been involved with organizational learning for over 30 years. His work includes teaching, management, and individual work with private, public, and non-profit service organizations. Dr. Bencosme has served as a consultant, facilitator, and educator in the fields of visionary strategic planning, organizational leadership and servant leadership. As a fellow at Naropa, he was interested in developing a contemplative approach to enhancing learning in organizations. In conjunction with Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey, Dr. Bencosme’s project explores how contemplativeness, especially meditation, can affect organizations. His work focused upon how contemplativeness is demonstrated in the work place and how Naropa graduates can bring contemplative practice into the work place. Dr. Bencosme worked on expanding the outreach of Naropa into the organizational world including businesses, nonprofits and so forth, and to strengthen the personal and professional journeys of Naropa’s students.