Spring 2018: Mindfulness and Socially Engaged Religion in Southeast Asia


On Saturday, March 17th, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), a federally funded National Resource Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is offering a one-day K-12 professional development workshop on mindfulness practices and socially engaged religion from Southeast Asia.

Within the space of a single day from 9:30am-3:30pm, participants will gain a rich repertoire of insights about socially engaged religion and meditation that they can readily apply in the classroom. Lunch from Hạ Long Bay Restaurant and books on meditation for children are complimentary. Overall, it should be a fun, refreshing break from the stresses of work and winter, and a meaningful experience for all who participate.

The workshop will feature: 

•  Presentations on socially engaged Catholicism in the Philippines and socially engaged Buddhism in Thailand and Vietnam.

•  A presentation and meditation session led by Santikaro Upasaka, a well-known practitioner of meditation and mindfulness and founder of the Liberation Park in Norwalk, WI, whose practical insights are of great use to those coping with trauma and stress, whether students or teachers.

•  A panel discussion on lesson plans & other takeaways for K-12 teaching.

•  A Southeast Asian lunch catered by Hạ Long Bay Restaurant!

• Complimentary copy of Step by Step, by Maha Ghosananda.

• Complimentary copies for the first 25 people who register of Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents), by Eline Snel, and  The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation, by the Zen master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh.

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• Santikaro Upasaka, Founder of the Liberation Park in Norwalk, WI, and student of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

• Kathleen Nadeau, Professor of Anthropology specializing in socially engaged Catholicism in the Philippines, California State University

• Anne Hansen, Professor of Religious Studies and Southeast Asian History, UW-Madison

• Jordan Baskerville, former K-12 teacher and Doctoral Candidate, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, UW-Madison

• Anthony Irwin, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, UW-Madison


Date and location:

Saturday, March 17, 2018
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
206 Ingraham Hall, UW-Madison
1155 Observatory Dr. Madison

Cost: $25

To register, click here. Deadline: March 14th.

Registration fee covers all materials, refreshments, and a lunch catered by Hạ Long Bay Restaurant.

For information on free parking and other questions, please contact Mary McCoy mccoy2@wisc.edu.