Buddhist ideas and practices are all around us. In the media and in our daily work and home lives, we are hearing more and more about such things as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and breathing practices, as well as contemplative approaches to everyday life. This workshop will introduce the dramatic and heart-filled story of the life of the Buddha, and how he and his teachings became global models for effective instruction and learning in the early centuries of the common era until today.
Laurie L. Patton is the seventeenth president of Middlebury College, and the first woman to lead the institution in its 223-year history. An authority on South Asian history, culture, and religion, she is the author or editor of ten scholarly books and three books of poems, and has translated the classical Sanskrit text, The Bhagavad Gita. Patton earned her BA from Harvard University and her PhD from the University of Chicago. In 2018, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in two categories, philosophy/religion and education, and in 2019, she served as president of the American Academy of Religion.