CBD 2023: UPW: Love as Meditation: Devotional Poetry and the Contemplative Practice of Love with Kenneth Lee

October 29, 2023 | 11:00am - 12:00pm

Exploring meditation through the perspective of Bhakti (Hindu Devotional traditions), we delve into the aesthetics of devotional poetry and song as a contemplative practice. Utilizing poetic language to describe the object of contemplation and music to draw the senses, we explore the poetic writings of theologians from the Bhakti traditions focusing the mind and senses from the world to the transcendent concepts of ?tman, brahman and ??vara – the true self, universal spirit, and God.

This talk is part of a two-session series featuring Kenneth Lee offered as part of the 2023 Contemplation by Design Summit. Attendees are encouraged to register for one or all of the sessions. 
The second session, also on October 29, is titled "Kirtan, bhajan and abhanga:  An Introduction to the contemplative practice of Indian devotional music."

Kenneth Nacario Lee (Kula Pradipa Das) is one of Stanford’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life’s Flourishing and Faith Chaplain Associates.  Prior to being at Stanford, he served as a purohit/p?jari at the Bhakti Center NYC (Sri Sri Radha Murlidhara Mandir), a spiritual and cultural center in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With a background in Hindu ritual and temple worship (p?ñchar?tra), he regularly performs traditional ceremonies (samskara) marking the junctures of life for his religious community.  He received his chaplaincy training at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, with the Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training (ICPT) in conjunction with the Spiritual Care Association (SCA). More recently he has worked as a Hospice Care chaplain for the Visiting Nursing association (VNA). 

CBD 2023: UPW: Love as Meditation: Devotional Poetry and the Contemplative Practice of Love with Kenneth Lee is part of the free Contemplation by Design Summit, Oct. 20-Nov. 3, 2023.

The full Summit schedule is posted at: http://contemplation.stanford.edu/summit. All events are FREE and online.

Registration opens September 12, 2023

Full event information: http://contemplation.stanford.edu/summit

Location: Stanford Memorial Church